bergschrund


bergschrund
/berk"shroont/, n.
a crevasse, or series of crevasses, at the upper end of a mountain glacier.
[1835-45; < G (Berg mountain + Schrunde crevice)]

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      (German: “mountain crevice”), a crevasse or series of crevasses often found near the head of a mountain glacier. The erosion of the rock beneath a bergschrund contributes to the formation of a cirque (q.v.), or natural amphitheatre.

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