from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A more or less continuous belt or stream of ice-floes driven in a certain direction by wind or current, or both.
  • noun A stream-like glacier; a stream of slowly moving ice.


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  • The Ilulissat Icefjord is a tidewater ice-stream located 1,000 km up the west coast of Greenland.

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  • Such research has enlarged understanding of ice-stream dynamics, glacial erosion and deposition, Quaternary geology and prehistoric climates through the examination of ice cores.

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  • I could scarcely hear the ice-stream, the silence seemed frozen, the house empty.

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  • Impinging on our eastern coast of Scotland and of northern England, it spread over a great part of Holderness, meeting and blending with the inland native glacier on the Humber; and the vast united ice-stream thence pursued its onward southern course, enfolding everything in its icy embrace, to the Thames and to the Severn. {89b} These great ice-streams created the geological formation called “The Drift,” or boulder-clay, which we have at Woodhall.

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  • On the other hand, the map mentioned, after displacing the name White from the larger glacier to which it logically belongs, gave it to the ice-stream feeding another branch of the White river, namely, the glacier always locally called the Winthrop, and so called by Prof. Russell in his report to the Geological Survey in 1897.

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  • To get round the head of this ice-stream would mean travelling inland for at least thirty miles.

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  • But when two glacier streams unite, their coinciding lateral moraines come to lie upon the centre of the united ice-stream, and then move forward as central moraines parallel to each other and to the banks of the stream, and they show, as far as the lower end, the boundary line of the ice which originally belonged to one or the other of the arms of the glacier.

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  • They are very remarkable as displaying in what regular parallel bands the adjacent parts of the ice-stream glide downwards.

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  • 'Lucky I had these boots resoled and nailed at Chiavagno,' was the only other remark he made till we had passed the seracs of the main glacier and turned up the lesser ice-stream from the Colle delle Rondini.

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  • I could scarcely hear the ice-stream, the silence seemed frozen, the house empty.

    Twilight in Italy


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