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lateral moraine

noun, Geology
a moraine formed at the side of a glacier. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On the summit of the precipice, and running along it, was the lateral moraine of the glacier.

  • Abundant fragments of both the oxide and the sulphide ores are mined from the lateral moraine of a nearby glacier.

  • This, however, was quite exceptional, and may be the lateral moraine of a local glacier.

    A Report on Washington Territory William Henry Ruffner
  • At our right was the glacier of the Roththal, along the lateral moraine of which our route lay.

  • The glacier becoming impracticable through crevasses, we retreated to its eastern shore, and got along the lateral moraine.

lateral moraine in Science
lateral moraine  
See under moraine.
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