a hill or mountain that has been completely encircled by a glacier.
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How to use nunatak in a sentence
While we were there, I decided to go and look in this moraine close to the nunatak to see if I could find any micrometeorites.
I was on the Antarctic Search for Meteorites expedition and we were due to search this nunatak for meteorites.
To the north-west, behind us, a projecting ridge of rock—Madigan nunatak—came into sight.
To increase my excitement Madigan nunatak came into view for a time in the clear, evening light.
A small nunatak slanted like a steel-blue shadow on the side of a white peak to the south-west.
Delayed by these and by unfavourable weather, they did not reach Madigan nunatak until the evening of November 20.
On November 21 the party commenced the return journey, moving directly towards Madigan nunatak to the south-west.
British Dictionary definitions for nunatak
an isolated mountain peak projecting through the surface of surrounding glacial ice and supporting a distinct fauna and flora after recession of the ice
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