Definitions for glaciologyˌgleɪ ʃiˈɒl ə dʒi, -si-
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gla•ci•ol•o•gyˌgleɪ ʃiˈɒl ə dʒi, -si-(n.)
the branch of geology that deals with the nature, distribution, and action of glaciers and their effect on the earth's topography.
Origin of glaciology:
1890–95; glaci (er ) + -o - + -logy
the study of ice and its effect on the landscape, especially the study of glaciers
Glaciology is the study of glaciers, or more generally ice and natural phenomena that involve ice. Glaciology is an interdisciplinary earth science that integrates geophysics, geology, physical geography, geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, hydrology, biology, and ecology. The impact of glaciers on people includes the fields of human geography and anthropology. The discoveries of water ice on the Moon, Mars and Europa add an extraterrestrial component to the field, as in "astroglaciology".
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