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Ablation

Ablation

All processes by which snow and ice are lost from a glacier, floating ice, or snow cover. These processes include melting, evaporation (sublimation), wind erosion, and calving. Sometimes calving is excluded, or ablation may be restricted to surface phenomena.

All processes by which snow and ice are lost from a glacier, floating ice, or snow cover. These processes include melting, evaporation (sublimation), wind erosion, and calving. Sometimes calving is excluded, or ablation may be restricted to surface phenomena.

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