from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An act denoted by the verb pluck; specifically in geology, the process by which blocks of bed-rock are torn from their ledges by moving ice. The term is applied especially to this effect on the downward slopes, where the dragging action of ice seems to be of importance, as indicated in the term. Plucking is the process involved in the head-ward extension of glacial valleys and of the excavation of cirques.

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  • verb Present participle of pluck.
  • noun An act in which something is plucked


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  • The mechanical removal of pieces of rock from a bedrock face that is in contact with glacier ice. Blocks are quarried and prepared for removal by the freezing and thawing of water in cracks, joints, and fractures. The resulting pieces are frozen into the glacier ice and transported.

    November 18, 2008