What is ice shelf?

  • (noun): Ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea.
    Synonyms: shelf ice

Ice Shelf

An ice shelf is a thick floating platform of ice that forms where a glacier or ice sheet flows down to a coastline and onto the ocean surface. Ice shelves are only found in Antarctica, Greenland and Canada. The boundary between the floating ice shelf and the grounded (resting on bedrock) ice that feeds it is called the grounding line. The thickness of ice shelves ranges from about 100 to 1000 metres.

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Some articles on ice shelf:

Ice Shelf Disruption
... In the last several decades, glaciologists have observed consistent decreases in ice shelf extent through melt, calving, and complete disintegration of some shelves ... The Ellesmere ice shelf reduced by 90 percent in the twentieth century, leaving the separate Alfred Ernest, Ayles, Milne, Ward Hunt, and Markham Ice Shelves ... A 1986 survey of Canadian ice shelves found that 48 km² ...
List Of Antarctic Ice Shelves
... This is a list of Antarctic ice shelves ... Ice shelves are attached to 44% of the Antarctic coastline ... The ice shelf areas are listed below, clockwise, starting in the west of East Antarctica Filchner Ice Shelf Brunt Ice Shelf Riiser-Larsen Ice Shelf Quar Ice ...
Mercator Cooper - First Visitor To Antarctica
... a quick passage through the belt of pack ice in the Ross Sea, on January 26, 1853, he sighted land, an ice shelf backed by a high mountain some 70 to 100 miles distant ... The next morning, the ice shelf still in sight, with high mountains looming behind it, he sailed the ship close inshore and ordered a boat to be lowered ... They made a landing on the ice shelf, reportedly seeing numerous penguins, but no seals – their chief objective ...
Arctic Cordillera - Geography - Glaciers and Ice Caps
... of the Arctic Cordillera is largely covered with ice caps while glaciers are more common at the more humid southern end ... Large portions of Ellesmere Island are covered with glaciers and ice, with Manson Icefield and Sydkap in the south Prince of Wales Icefield and Agassiz Ice Cap along the central-east side ... northwest coast of Ellesmere Island was covered by a massive, 500 km (310 mi) long ice shelf until the 20th century ...
Prince Gustav Ice Shelf
... Prince Gustav Ice Shelf (64°15′S 58°30′W / 64.250°S 58.500°W / -64.250 -58.500Coordinates 64°15′S 58°30′W / 64.250°S 58.500°W / -64.250 -58.500 ... The ice shelf has since retreated and collapsed in 1995 Prince Gustav Channel was open throughout its length, and only a remnant in Rohss Bay remained ... Geological Survey document "Prince Gustav Ice Shelf" (content from the Geographic Names Information System) ...

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