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- n. A layered mass of ice formed in temperatures below 0ºC., from the freezing of successive flows of ground water over the previously formed layers of ice.
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Icings (also known as aufeis or naleds) are comprised of groundwater that freezes when it reaches the streambed during winter.
I watched the plane's shadow glide across Fin Creek and the Ivishak, Kavik, and Echooka Rivers, the last one a braided plain of gravel choked with a frozen skim of aufeis.