ice cap


Definition of ice cap 

1 : an ice bag shaped to the head

2 : a cover of perennial ice and snow specifically : a glacier forming on an extensive area of relatively level land and flowing outward from its center

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As polar ice caps disappear, the rate at which the entire planet warms increases. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 Radar imaging of the polar ice caps indicates that the ice also contains pure carbon dioxide ice layers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Sorry, Elon: Nuking Mars’ icecaps won’t geoengineer planet," 31 July 2018 Radars have detected what scientists speculate is a lake of liquid water beneath Mars’s southern polar ice cap. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Life, er, lake on Mars," 26 July 2018 One of the biggest potential dangers of increasing climate change is sea level rise caused by the melting of the polar ice caps. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctica's Ice May Be More Durable Than We Thought," 13 June 2018 But because the southern winter is far more extreme than the northern winter, the southern polar ice caps grow more than twice as far as their northern counterparts. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun," 5 July 2018 During springtime, frozen carbon dioxide trapped below the ice cap turns from a solid state into a gas, forming features that from above look like dark spiders. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: Mars Has Spiders in the Springtime," 14 July 2018 The nearly five-hour hearing covered topics including the history of climate change research, carbon dioxide’s role as a greenhouse gas, melting ice caps, rising sea levels and extreme weather. Sudhin Thanawala, The Seattle Times, "US judge throws out climate change lawsuits against big oil," 26 June 2018 Some of that lead settled on Greenland’s ice cap and mixed in with ever-accumulating layers of ice. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: HPV vaccine debate, 2000-year-old pollution, and a lawmaker’s views on sea level rise," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of ice cap

1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of ice cap was in 1816

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English Language Learners Definition of ice cap

: a very large and thick sheet of ice that covers the North Pole, the South Pole, or another region

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Kids Definition of ice cap

: a large more or less level glacier flowing outward in all directions from its center

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