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glaciology Line breaks: gla¦ci|ology
Pronunciation: /ˌɡleɪsɪˈɒlədʒi/

Definition of glaciology in English:


[mass noun]
The study of the internal dynamics and effects of glaciers.
Example sentences
  • Both institutions will collaborate on synthesis, and will welcome involvement from parties with expertise on geomorphology, ecology, and Dry Valleys glaciology.
  • During the expedition, which lasted more than three months, its members performed research work in glaciology, meteorology, geophysics, geology, geochemistry, mineralogy, hydrogeology, zoology, botany, and ecology.
  • He alternates chapters about all aspects of ‘the Ice’ - glaciology, ice-pack dynamics, ice shelves, etc. with chapters on exploration, literature, Antarctic science, and geopolitics.


Pronunciation: /ˌɡleɪsɪɒləˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Unique geological, glaciological, and meteorological studies continue there from purpose-built bases around the edge of Antarctica or at the South Pole.
  • Polar ice shelves are significant and widespread glaciological features in Antarctica.
  • Since 1702, floods caused by glaciological conditions have repeatedly caused death and destruction in the region.
Pronunciation: /ˌɡleɪsɪˈɒlədʒɪst/
Example sentences
  • A glaciologist said the crevasses could be wide open, waiting to swallow the unwary.
  • It's becoming more and more obvious to glaciologists worldwide that ice shelves form a buttressing effect to the inland ice.
  • European glaciologists had drilled the high point to bedrock back in the early 1990s.


Late 19th century: from Latin glacies 'ice' + -logy.

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