Tarn (lake)

Tarn (lake)

A tarn (or corrie loch) is a mountain lake or pool, formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier. A moraine may form a natural dam below a tarn. [cite web | title =Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms | url = http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/lemke/alpine_glacial_glossary/glossary.html | accessdate = 2007-08-05 ] A corrie may be called a cirque.

The word is derived from the Old Norse word "tjörn" meaning pond; it is often found in names of both glacial and non-glacial small upland lakes in the English Lake District, Pennines and Cumbria.

In local dialect in Cumbria, the word is also used generally to refer to any small lake or pond, regardless of its location and origin. [cite web | title =Fresh Water Tarns | work = Cumbria Wildlife Trust | url = http://www.wildlifetrust.org.uk/cumbria/Surveys/What%20is%20a%20Tarn.htm | accessdate = 2007-08-05 ]

In Scandinavian languages a "tjern" or "tjärn", "tärn" or "tjørn" is a small natural lake, often in a forest or with vegetation close around it or growing into the lake.


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