What is a kame?
A kame is a mound of well sorted sediment, usually sand or gravel. The sediment may be somewhat layered. They form in a variety of sizes and shapes, however, most are vaguely cone-shaped and are not very tall.
How do kames form?
Kames form when melt water and the sediment it carries collect in a depression on the top of the glacier. Slowly, as the glacier melts, the collection of sediment is lowered to the ground where it forms a hill.
|The formation of a kame (and some other features)|
Where do kames form?
Kames form near the snout of the glacier, where most of the ice is melting.
The word kame is from the scottish word for “crooked and winding”.If lots of kames form in the same area, it is called a kame field.
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The formation of a kame and other glacial features. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2013. <http://www.york.ca/NR/rdonlyres/rc4kh3lhixia4pqjohahgeauigckxjlekrveimghsb77tr4qo4ynaw5tfsd7ao562nzxz2yk3esbsf63rnmr46wg5h/Kame.gif>.