- Group(s): Glaciers - Key Terms
Kames are accumulations of partially-sorted material found at the front of a melting or stationary glacier. These mounds build up in height as a glacier melts and meltwater streams carry material from within and under the glacier to be deposited immediately in front of the glacier into meltwater lakes. The lakes are often formed from dammed meltwater ponding up between the retreating glacier snout and terminal or recessional moraines. The deposition occurs as the meltwater flow loses energy upon emergence from the ice mass. The process continues and material is repeatedly deposited on top of the growing kame and may form a kame delta.