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nivation

[nahy-vey-shuh n]
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noun Geology.
  1. erosion resulting from the action of frost beneath a snowbank.
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Origin of nivation

1895–1900; < Latin niv- (stem of nix) snow + -ation
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Historical Examples

  • The process of nivation, or snow erosion, does not always produce visible effects.

    The Andes of Southern Peru

    Isaiah Bowman

  • He has adequately shown the manner in which that phase of nivation is expressed which we find at the border of the snow.

  • It would at first sight appear impossible to distinguish between these changes through the results of nivation.

  • Thus far only those volcanoes have been considered which have been modified by nivation.


British Dictionary definitions for nivation

nivation

noun
  1. the weathering of rock around a patch of snow by alternate freezing and thawing
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin nix, stem niv- snow
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