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ice shelf


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The outer part of an ice cap or ice sheet that extends into and over the sea. It typically ends in a cliff that may be 30 m high, and the total ice thickness may be 200 m. Ice wastage is by calving (the breaking away of ice blocks) and by bottom melt.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography — Ecology and Conservation.


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