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1. Deep fissure in the surface of a glacier, caused when tensile stress overcomes the shear strength of ice in the brittle upper few metres. Appropriate tensile stresses are typically developed when a glacier moves over a convex-up slope.

2. A breach in a levée along the bank of a river through which flood water may flow and produce crevasse deposits (2) (crevasse splay).

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1. A deep fissure in the surface of a glacier, caused when tensile stress overcomes the shear strength of ice in the brittle upper few metres. Appropriate tensile stresses are typically developed when a glacier moves over a convex slope.

2. A breach in a levee along the bank of a river, through which flood water may flow and produce crevasse splays. (See crevasse deposit, 2).

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crevasse (krəvăs´), large crack in the upper surface of a glacier, formed by tension acting upon the brittle ice. Transverse crevasses occur where the grade of the glacier bed becomes suddenly steeper; longitudinal crevasses, where the glacier spreads over a wider valley or plain. Marginal crevasses are due to the strain built up when the central part moves faster than the sides.

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cre·vasse / krəˈvas/ • n. a deep open crack, esp. one in a glacier. ∎  a breach in the embankment of a river or canal.

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crevasse

crevasse XIX. — F.; see next.

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