from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Located or occurring within a glacier.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being within a glacier: used, in geology, with reference to detritus carried within the ice of a glacier or ice-sheet: as, englacial drift.

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  • adjective Occurring or located within a glacier


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  • As the surface of the glacier is lowered by melting, more or less englacial drift is brought again to open air, and near the terminus it may help to bury the ice from view beneath a sheet of debris.

    The Elements of Geology

  • The central area of the Malaspina is also free from debris; but on the outer edge large quantities of englacial drift are exposed by surface melting and form a belt of morainic waste a few feet thick and several miles wide, covered in part with a luxuriant forest, beneath which the ice is in places one thousand feet in depth.

    The Elements of Geology

  • The streams which drain the glacier have cut their courses in englacial and subglacial tunnels; none flow for any distance on the surface.

    The Elements of Geology


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