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drumlin

[druhm-lin] /ˈdrʌm lɪn/
noun, Geology
1.
a long, narrow or oval, smoothly rounded hill of unstratified glacial drift.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; drum2 + -lin, variant of -ling1
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Examples for drumlin
  • The writer prefers to restrict the name drumlin to those drift hills which show clearly the molding effect of the advancing ice.
  • Soils in the drumlin are described as dense silty to gravelly loam.
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drumlin

/ˈdrʌmlɪn/
noun
1.
a streamlined mound of glacial drift, rounded or elongated in the direction of the original flow of ice
Word Origin
C19: from Irish Gaelic druim ridge + -lin-ling1
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Word Origin and History for drumlin
drumlin
1833, dim. of drum (1725) "ridge or long, narrow hill," often separating two parallel valleys, from Gael. & Ir. druim "back, ridge."
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drumlin in Science
drumlin
  (drŭm'lĭn)   

An extended, oval hill or ridge of compacted sediment deposited and shaped by a glacier. Drumlins are typically about 30 m (98 ft) high and are longer than they are wide. They have one steep and one gentle slope along their longest axis, which is parallel to the direction of the glacier's movement. The steepest slope faces the direction from which the glacier originated, and the gentler slope faces the direction in which the glacier was advancing.
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Encyclopedia Article for drumlin

oval or elongated hill believed to have been formed by the streamlined movement of glacial ice sheets across rock debris, or till. The name is derived from the Gaelic word druim ("rounded hill," or "mound") and first appeared in 1833.

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