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terminal moraine

noun, Geology.
a moraine marking the farthest advance of a glacier or ice sheet.
Origin of terminal moraine
First recorded in 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • A terminal moraine, a mile and a half in depth, separates it from the sea.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • This accumulation, which corresponds to the delta of a river, is the terminal moraine.

    The Spell of the Rockies Enos A. Mills
  • A terminal moraine is the most ancient battle-ground of the world.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The terminal moraine of the great glacier has been carefully traced through several States.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • The terminal moraine is the dumping-ground of this mass of material, where the ice river melts.

  • At the foot of the cañon there is a lake formed in part at least by the damming of the stream by a terminal moraine.

  • A portion of the terminal moraine had been plowed up and shoved forward, uprooting and overwhelming the woods on the east side.

    Stickeen John Muir
  • The evidence for this is found in the presence of a continuous, terminal moraine, at or just in advance of the present ice-front.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • A heavy forest growth covers its terminal moraine, and detracts from its lower beauty.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • All above that is terminal moraine, rock detritus piled upon rock foundation by the glacier.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
terminal moraine in Science
terminal moraine  
See under moraine.
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