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Granular, partially consolidated snow that has passed through one summer melt season but is not yet glacial ice. Also called old snow.

[German, from German dialectal (Alemannic), of last year, from Old High German firni, old; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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(Geological Science) another name for névé1
[C19: from German (Swiss dialect) firn of the previous year, from Old High German firni old]
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n., pl. -vés.
1. granular snow accumulated on high mountains and subsequently compacted into glacial ice.
2. a field of such snow. Also called firn.
[1850–55; < Franco-Provençal]
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The researchers know that the glacier previously had remained unchanged for a very long time--in part because of the preserved larch leaf, which they found wedged into the ice well beyond the firn layer, around 240 feet beneath the surface and encased in solid ice.
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