Ground ice

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Term: Ground ice
Definition: A general term referring to all types of Ice contained in freezing and Frozen Ground. Ground Ice occurs in pores, cavities, voids or other openings in soil or rock and includes Massive Ice. It generally excludes Buried Ice. Ground Ice may be epigenetic or syngenetic, contemporaneous or relict, aggrading or degrading, perennial or seasonal. It may occur as lenses, wedges, veins, sheets, seams, irregular masses, or as individual crystals or coatings on mineral or organic particles. Perennial Ground Ice can only occur within Permafrost bodies.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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