High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Meltwater is the water
released by the melting of snow or ice, including glacial ice and
ice shelfs over oceans. Meltwater is often found in the ablation
zone of glaciers, where the rate of snow cover is reducing.
Meltwater can be produced during volcanic eruptions, in a similar
way in which the more dangerous lahars form. When meltwater pools
on the surface rather than flowing, it forms melt ponds. As the
weather gets colder meltwater will often re-freeze. Meltwater can
collect or melt under the ice's surface. These pools of water,
known as subglacial lakes can form due to geothermal heat and
friction. Meltwater provides drinking water for a large proportion
of the world's population, as well as providing water for
irrigation and hydroelectric plants. Some cities around the world
have large lakes that collect snow melt to supplement water supply.
Cities that source water from meltwater include Melbourne,
Canberra, Los Angeles, Las Vegas amongst others.
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