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James Petersen
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James Petersen
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FIGURE 16.27 (a) Features associated with stagnation at the edge of a continental glacier. (b) Landforms resulting from further modification of the ice-marginal terrain as the glacier retreats.

How important is liquid water in creating the landforms shown here?

To determine

The importance of liquid water in creating the landforms shown in accompanying images.

Explanation

The meltwater from the glaciers is quite important, as it contributes to the formation of ice-marginal lakes and their terraces, braided streams, eskers, outwash plains, kames, delta kames, and possibly even drumlins.

The ice-marginal lake is formed when the meltwater accumulates and gets trapped between an end moraine and the ice front or in the area where the land slopes toward the ice front. Braided meltwater streams are formed when the meltwater loaded with glacial sediment flow from the glacier terminus.

Outwash plains are low-relief plain containing meltwater deposits and lie beyond the terminal and recessional moraines...

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