Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Icicle

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1140

Synonym: Ice cone; Pingo landscape

An icicle landscape is also known as a spring ice cone landscape. When pressurised water flows through the ground and spills out from the ice layers into rivers and lakes, the water freezes to become ice layers or cone-like ice bodies that point upward. These cones are called icicles, which are different from ice mounds. The former are frozen ice on the ground, whereas the latter are ice nuclei that froze underground.

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