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KAME (a form of Scandinavian comb, hill)

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Originally appearing in Volume V15, Page 646 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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KAME (a form of Scandinavian comb, hill), in physical geography, a short ridge or bunched mound of gravel or sand, " tumultuously stratified," occurring in connexion with glacial deposits, having been formed at the mouths of tunnels under the ice. When the ice-sheet melts, these features, formerly concealed by the glacier, are revealed. They are common in the glaciated portions of the lower Scottish valleys. By some authorities the term " kame," or specifically " serpentine kame," is taken as synonymous with " esker," which however is preferably to be applied to the long mound deposited within the ice-tunnel, not to the bunched mound at its mouth.
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