One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or characteristic of a region of perpetual snow.‘the nival zone, the area above about 2,000 metres’
- ‘Rivers of the Mackenzie Basin exhibit several seasonal flow patterns that include the nival (snowmelt dominated), proglacial (influenced by glacier melt), wetland, prolacustrine (below large lakes), and regulated flow regimes.’
- ‘The nival regime is modified where additional sources of water supply or significant storage mechanisms alter the streamflow pattern.’
- ‘The prolacustrine regime provides a strong contrast to the nival pattern, in that large lake storage strongly attenuates high flows and maintains steady runoff during the winter.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin nivalis, from nix, niv- ‘snow’.
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