bergschrund

bergschrund

[berk-shroont]
noun
a crevasse, or series of crevasses, at the upper end of a mountain glacier.

Origin:
1835–45; < German (Berg mountain + Schrunde crevice)

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bergschrund (ˈbɛrkʃrʊnt, ˈbɜːɡʃruːnd)
 
n
Also called: rimaye a crevasse at the head of a glacier
 
[C19: German: mountain crack]

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bergschrund

(German: "mountain crevice"), a crevasse or series of crevasses often found near the head of a mountain glacier. The erosion of the rock beneath a bergschrund contributes to the formation of a cirque (q.v.), or natural amphitheatre.

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