Definition of periglacial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɛrɪˈɡleɪʃ(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ˌpɛrɪˈɡsɪəleɪʃ(ə)l/


Relating to or denoting an area adjacent to a glacier or ice sheet or otherwise subject to repeated freezing and thawing.
Example sentences
  • These may be of fluviatile, glacial, periglacial, lacustrine, aeolian, or marine origin.
  • Sandstone-filled cracks exposed at the unconformity are viewed as periglacial frost fissures.
  • Hence the cracks probably developed following glacial retreat when the area containing the eroded surface of Bedford Sandstone was in a periglacial setting.

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