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mo·raine

 (mə-rān′)
n.
An accumulation of boulders, stones, or other debris carried and deposited by a glacier.

[French, from French dialectal morena, mound of earth, from Provençal morre, muzzle, from Vulgar Latin *murrum.]

mo·rain′al, mo·rain′ic adj.

moraine

(mɒˈreɪn)
n
(Physical Geography) a mass of debris, carried by glaciers and forming ridges and mounds when deposited
[C18: from French, from Savoy dialect morena, of obscure origin]
moˈrainal, moˈrainic adj

mo•raine

(məˈreɪn)

n.
1. a ridge, mound, or irregular mass of unstratified glacial drift, chiefly boulders, gravel, sand, and clay.
2. a deposit of such material left on the ground by a glacier.
[1780–90; < French < Franco-Provençal morêna rise in the ground =mour(o) mound + -ena suffix of landforms]
mo•rain′al, mo•rain′ic, adj.

mo·raine

(mə-rān′)
A mass of boulders, pebbles, sand, and mud deposited in the form of a long ridge along the front or sides of a glacier. Moraines typically form because of the plowing effect of a moving glacier, which causes it to pick up rock fragments and sediments as it moves, and because of the periodic melting of the ice, which causes the glacier to deposit these materials during warmer intervals. ♦ A moraine that forms in front of a glacier is a terminal moraine. ♦ A moraine that forms along the side of a glacier is a lateral moraine.

moraine

Rock debris moved or dumped by a melting glacier or ice sheet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moraine - accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glaciermoraine - accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier
glacier - a slowly moving mass of ice
earth, ground - the loose soft material that makes up a large part of the land surface; "they dug into the earth outside the church"
Translations

moraine

[mɒˈreɪn] Nmorena f

moraine

nMoräne f

moraine

[mɒˈreɪn] nmorena
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So greatly has the climate of Europe changed, that in Northern Italy, gigantic moraines, left by old glaciers, are now clothed by the vine and maize.
Hooker saw maize growing on gigantic ancient moraines.
In central Chile I was astonished at the structure of a vast mound of detritus, about 800 feet in height, crossing a valley of the Andes; and this I now feel convinced was a gigantic moraine, left far below any existing glacier.
Other astronomers have seen in these inexplicable rays a kind of moraines, rows of erratic blocks, which had been thrown up at the period of Tycho's formation.
He blessed them in detail - the great glaciers, the naked rocks, the piled moraines and tumbled shale; dry upland, hidden salt-lake, age-old timber and fruitful water-shot valley one after the other, as a dying man blesses his folk; and Kim marvelled at his passion.
The moraine has been spilling gravel around it, and got it all dirty.
This promontory was evidently a moraine, heaped up at a period when the glacier had greater dimensions.
Among the topics discussed are the course of the ice age; the role of ice and water; till and moraines deposited by glaciers; meltwater; map data; the extent of the glaciers; the periglacial areas; the warm stages; the course of deglaciation; dunes, sand, and stones; river processes and landforms; the North and Baltic Seas during the ice age; climate models and reconstructions of the period; and human interference.
6 Continue past the moraines until you reach the wooden walled sheep pen.
When glaciers retreat, the melting water gets trapped in moraines, basins blocked by rubble.
Researchers studied ancient clams taken from moraines in various western Greenland locations.
Growing ice sheets are like bulldozers, pushing rocks, boulders and other detritus into heaps of rubble called moraines.