Ice island

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Term: Ice island
Definition: Sea ice terminology. Describes a large piece of floating ice protruding about 5 metres above sea level, which has broken away from an Arctic ice shelf. Ice islands have a thickness of 30 m to 50 m, and an area of a few thousand square metres up to 500 sq. Km or more. They are usually characterized by a regularly rolling surface giving a ribbed appearance from the air.
Created 2022.03.08
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