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retreat

(rĭ-trēt′) [ME. retret, draw back]
A withdrawal (e.g., in psychology) from difficult life situations. This may be direct, as in physical flight, or indirect, as in malingering, illness, abnormal preoccupation, and self-deception.
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Since then, the ice ed ge has retreated at these three sites.
The new find of roots and stems of wooden plants and of pollen in an area stretching about 1,300 kilometers along the Transantarctic Mountains means not only that the ice retreated but also that the climate was warm enough to support a shrublike beach forest.
And the lower the mountains at that time, the less ice would be required to cover them and hence the less ice would have to be melted when the sheets retreated.