glacial valley

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glacial valley  
A steep-sided, U-shaped valley formed by the erosional forces of a moving glacier.
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glacial valley

stream valley that has been glaciated, usually to a typical catenary, or U-shaped, cross section. U-shaped valleys occur in many parts of the world and are characteristic features of mountain glaciation. These glacial troughs may be several thousand feet deep and tens of miles long.

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