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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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Dr De Rydt and Professor Gudmundsson's paper, Calving cycle of the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, driven by changes in ice-shelf geometry, is currently undergoing peer review in the European Geosciences Union journal The Cryosphere.
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.
The observed style of slow-but-steady disintegration along ice-shelf margins has been neglected in most computer models of this critical region of West Antarctica, partly because it involves fracture, but also because no comprehensive record of this pattern existed.