[ gley-shee-ol-uh-jee, -see- ]
/ ˌgleɪ ʃiˈɒl ə dʒi, -si- /


the branch of geology that deals with the nature, distribution, and action of glaciers and with their effect on the earth's topography.

Origin of glaciology

First recorded in 1890–95; glaci(er) + -o- + -logy

Related forms

gla·ci·o·log·i·cal [gley-shee-uh-loj-i-kuh l, -see-] /ˌgleɪ ʃi əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl, -si-/, gla·ci·o·log·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glaciology

  • The many glaciers occurring in the Alps of central Europe where glaciology arose doubtless suggested this explanation.

    Climatic Changes|Ellsworth Huntington

British Dictionary definitions for glaciology


/ (ˌɡlæsɪˈɒlədʒɪ, ˌɡleɪ-) /


the study of the distribution, character, and effects of glaciers

Derived Forms

glaciological (ˌɡlæsɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl, ˌɡleɪ-) or glaciologic, adjectiveglaciologist or glacialist, noun
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