ice shelf

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ice shelf

A body of glacial ice that extends out from a coastline and that floats, at least in part, rather than resting on the sea floor.
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ice shelf



(Physical Geography) a thick mass of ice that is permanently attached to the land but projects into and floats on the sea
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ice′ shelf`

an ice sheet projecting into coastal waters so that the end floats.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: shelf - ice that is attached to land but projects out to seaice shelf - ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea
ice - the frozen part of a body of water
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Scientists have warned a massive iceberg will soon calve - or break off - from Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf and they're increasingly concerned about the 'uncertain future' it creates for future research opportunities there.
An iceberg twice the size of New York City is about to break off Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf and into the Atlantic Ocean, according to scientists at NASA.
He said: "Much of our time has been spent along the edge of the Larsen-C Ice Shelf where science operations involved repeated oceanographic measurements of the water column adjacent to the ice shelf to determine the volume and rate of fresh, cold ice-shelf water formation due to the melting of the ice shelf base and the intrusion of relatively warmer water masses from the Weddell Sea under the ice shelf.
"It's kind of like you're blowing a flute, constantly, on the ice shelf."
Summary: Washington DC, [USA] Oct 22 (ANI): Scientists have found a novel technique to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar.