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n. pl. pin·gos or pin·goes
An Arctic mound or conical hill, consisting of an outer layer of soil covering a core of solid ice.

[Inuit pingu, hill, mound.]


n, pl -gos
(Physical Geography) a mound of earth or gravel formed through pressure from a layer of water trapped between newly frozen ice and underlying permafrost in Arctic regions
[C20: from Inuktitut]


(ˈpɪŋ goʊ)

n., pl. -gos. Geol.
1. a hill of soil-covered ice pushed up by hydrostatic pressure in an area of permafrost.
2. a hill of similar origin remaining after the melting of permafrost.
[1925–30; < Inuit pinguq]


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A hillock produced in polar regions by an underground ice blister” pushing up the surface above.
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The education ministry within a single night and without any dialogue tabled before the parliament a monstrosity of a bill which once more victimises the young generation," said head of Tepak students, Michalis Pingos.
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Por esta metodologia foi possivel listar e descrever defeitos como: pingos de cola com falhas; solda fora de posicao; filme plastico dobrado; falha na impressao, papel com rugas entre outros.
Alfredo Jimenez, lawyer of the boy's parents, said ADZU elementary principal Pilar Agraviador, assistant principal Nimfa Mabalot, student services director Marilou Drapiza, guidance counsellor Benjamin Miranda, and teachers Jennyvic Arcillas, Noel Malcampo, Jennifer Pingos, Rosel Lubrica and Maria Doriza Longakit were the respondents in a complaint filed at the Zamboanga City Prosecutor's Office.
Pingos appear when underlying permafrost puts pressure on pooled groundwater, forcing it upward.
On the Far North's main road, the Dalton Highway, dicey winter conditions and dusty summer travel over a gravel-packed highway that traverses boreal forest, taiga and tundra, past pingos and herds of musk ox and caribou, require heavy equipment and knowledgeable drivers that can withstand these hazards.
Ice, thaw, and gravity mold the land into patterns such as stripes, stone circles, thufurs (hummocks), migratory lakes, and palsas and pingos (hummocks and hills with ice cores).