|Often shortened to: kettle a round hollow formed by the melting of a mass of buried ice|
|Main Entry:||kettle hole|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a hollow filled to make a lake, due to the melting of a glacial deposit over time|
in geology, depression in a glacial outwash drift made by the melting of a detached mass of glacial ice that became wholly or partly buried. The occurrence of these stranded ice masses is thought to be the result of gradual accumulation of outwash atop the irregular glacier terminus. Kettles may range in size from 5 m (15 feet) to 13 km (8 miles) in diameter and up to 45 m in depth. When filled with water they are called kettle lakes. Most kettles are circular in shape because melting blocks of ice tend to become rounded; distorted or branching depressions may result from extremely irregular ice masses
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