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snowfield n : a permanent wide expanse of snow

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  1. a large permanent expanse of snow on a mountain or at the head of a glacier

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Snowfield is also a former name of the UK indie rock band Editors
A snow field (also called a snowfield) is an extensive terrain covered by a smooth surface of snow.
Normally the term is applied to mountainous and glacial terrain. In glaciology the term refers to areas of permanent snow cover.
Glaciers originate in snowfields. The lower end of a glacier is usually free from snow and névé in summer. In the upper end and above the upper boundary of a glacier the snow field is in fact and ice field covered with snow. The glacier upper boundary, where it emerges from a under a snow field, is ill-defined because of gradual transition.


snowfield in Italian: Formazioni nevose perenni#Nevaio
snowfield in Japanese: 雪原
snowfield in Dutch: Sneeuwveld
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