ice sheet


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ice sheet

n.
A large sheet of ice and snow that covers an entire region and spreads out under its own weight.

ice sheet

n
(Physical Geography) a thick layer of ice covering a large area of land for a long time, esp those in Antarctica and Greenland

ice′ sheet`


n.
1. a thick sheet of ice covering an extensive area for a long time.
2. a glacier covering a large fraction of a continent.

ice sheet

An immense mass of ice covering a large land area.
Translations

ice sheet

nghiacciaio continentale
References in classic literature ?
He was a thin-faced ascetic, living in a state of high, attenuated calm--a molten planet under a transcontinental ice sheet. And yet, above all most of all, Daylight was impressed by the terrific and almost awful cleanness of the man.
A TEAM from Aberystwyth University has just returned from the Antarctic Peninsula with new information on the recent behaviour of the giant Antarctic Ice Sheet.
The briefing was held five days after scientists reported that a 100-square-mile ice sheet broke off from Greenland.
These findings will allow scientists to predict more accurately how global warming will affect ice sheets and the potential for rising sea levels in the future by developing more robust climate and ice sheet models.
Summary: Scientists have discovered a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish deep beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.
Global warming could cause the huge Greenland ice sheet to melt past "tipping points" from which it could not fully recover - even if carbon dioxide levels were slashed, a report has warned.
"If we can learn about the stability of the ice sheet in the past, we can learn about its stability in the future.
A meltwater lake on the surface of a glacier suddenly emptied in July 2006, sending millions of gallons of water through cracks in the ice sheet to the ground where it could affect the movement of the ice.
Annually, the Greenland ice sheet gained approximately 11 billion tons of water, while Antarctica lost about 31 billion tons, for a net loss of ice to the sea.
The Antarctic ice sheet, which holds 70 per cent of the world's fresh water, is shrinking at the rate of 36 cubic miles a year, scientists have revealed.
This is especially worrying because the glaciers in this area drain the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, a precariously balanced portion of the southern ice cap that contains enough ice to raise sea levels by 20 feet.