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Roche Moutonnée What language is this written in? What might it mean when translated? What landform does it describe? What does it have to do with glaciers?

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3 What language is this written in? What might it mean when translated? What landform does it describe? What does it have to do with glaciers? What in the world is a “roche moutonnée” ?

4 Answer : These are originally French words, meaning sheep-backed rock or fleecy rock. This glacially eroded landform is thought to resemble a grazing sheep! Roche Moutonnee Grazing sheep

5 Origin: this is a resistant and tough outcrop of rock found on the floor of a U-shaped valley that a glacier once occupied. You can see scratches called striations on it, caused by moving ice. U-shaped valley floor Striations

6 Picture credit: Nigel Williams Roche moutonnée in Nant Ffrancon Roche moutonnée in the Ogwen Valley. Wales is one of the most southerly points in the UK to have experienced the ice age. These glaciers carved out the spectacular glacial trough valleys like this one.”

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