outwash plain

   An extensive lowland area of coarse textured, glaciofluvial material. An outwash plain is commonly smooth; where pitted, due to melt-out of incorporated ice masses (pitted outwash plain), it is generally low in relief and largely retains its original gradient.
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Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • outwash plain — Geol. a broad, sloping landform built of coalesced deposits of outwash. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • outwash plain —   a flat and gently sloping area of gravels, sands, silts and clays deposited beyond the snout of a glacier by meltwater issuing from it. Particles tend to be smoothed and rounded and size decreases with distance from the glacier …   Geography glossary

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  • pitted outwash plain —    An outwash plain marked by many irregular depressions such as kettles, shallow pits, and potholes which formed by melting of incorporated ice masses; much of the gradient and internal structures of the original plain remain intact; many are… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • collapsed outwash plain —    An outwash plain which forms on glacial ice (inside the glacial margin), and is subsequently let down or collapsed when the underlying ice melts, resulting in contortion or folding of the sediments and sedimentary structures to the extent that …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • Outwash fan — An outwash fan is a fan shaped body of sediments deposited by braided streams from a melting glacier. Sediment locked within the ice of the glacier, gets transported by the streams of meltwater, and deposits on the outwash plain, at the terminus… …   Wikipedia

  • outwash fan —    A fan shaped accumulation of outwash deposited by meltwater streams in front of the end or recessional moraine of a glacier. Coalescing outwash fans form an outwash plain.    GG …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

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