Share this entry

Share this page

terminal moraine

Line breaks: ter|min¦al mo|raine

Definition of terminal moraine in English:

noun

Geology
A moraine deposited at the point of furthest advance of a glacier or ice sheet.
Example sentences
  • Long Island is actually the terminal moraine resulting from this glacier.
  • At favoured sites (such as Loch Muick in Scotland), the submerged terminal moraines from the last phase of glacial retreat can be recognized.
  • Ages of glacier advances can be estimated by dating plant remains in lateral and terminal moraines, or by determining the age of trees or lichens growing on the moraines.

Definition of terminal moraine in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈɛmjʊləs
adjective
seeking to emulate someone or something