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AIGUILLE (Fr. for needle)

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Originally appearing in Volume V01, Page 436 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AIGUILLE (Fr. for needle), the sharp jagged points above the snow-line, standing upon the massif of a mountain split by frost action along joints or planes of cleavage with sides too steep for snow to rest upon them. Aiguilles are thus the forms remaining from the splitting up of the high ridges with house-roof structure into detached pinnacles.
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