This page was contributed by Dr Frances Butcher from Sheffield University. What is an esker? Eskers are ridges made of sands and gravels, deposited by glacial meltwater flowing through tunnels within and underneath glaciers, or through meltwater channels on top of glaciers. Over time, the channel or tunnel gets filled up with sediments. As the …

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Introduction to Glaciofluvial Landforms

“Fluvioglacial” means erosion or deposition caused by flowing meltwter, from melting glaciers, ice sheets and ice caps. Glacial meltwater is usually very rich in sediment, which increases its erosive power. Fluvioglacial landforms include sandar (also known as outwash plains; they are braided, sediment-rich streams that drain away downslope away from a glacier), kames and kettles, …

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Meltwater channels

What are meltwater channels? Each year, glaciers melt. Meltwater channels are erosional features, cut into rock and sediment by flowing water beneath or close to ice-sheet margins1,2. They can cut sizeable troughs, meaning that they are very visual indicators of the location of the former ice margin. Meltwater channels can therefore be used to work …

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