Ice shelf

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Term: Ice shelf
Definition: Floating ice sheet of considerable thickness attached to a coast, and nourished by the accumulation of snow and often by the seaward extension of land glaciers. Limited areas may be aground as ice rises. The seaward edge is termed an ice front.
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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