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East-looking, July 1994, photograph showing a large volume of turbulent, sediment laded flood water discharging from the margin of Bering Glacier during a large surge-related outburst flood. Chugach National Forest, Chugach Mountains, Alaska. Bering Glacier flows through Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. Photo credit: USGS
A glacier outburst flood resulting from the failure of a glacier-ice-dam or glacier-sediment-dam, or from the melting of glacier ice by a volcanic eruption (Icelandic).


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Source (text and image): USGS glossary of glacier terminology