Definition of nunatak in English:


Line breaks: nun|atak
Pronunciation: /ˈnʌnətak


  • An isolated peak of rock projecting above a surface of inland ice or snow.
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    • McCarroll & Ballantyne suggested that the ice reached an elevation of only between 750 and 850 m a.s.l. in Snowdonia, NW Wales, and that the higher summits remained above the ice surface as nunataks.
    • This would leave Scafell Pikes and other peaks protruding as nunataks, consistent with the observations of Lamb & Ballantyne.
    • Remapping of several nunataks and ridge exposures reveals that the basal Neptune Group truncates a large-scale, closed syncline, developed within the Nelson Limestone.


late 19th century: from Eskimo nunataq.

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