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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Since the 1990s, researchers have realized that the lead pollution produced by smelters across the Empire drifted 2,800 miles and left traces in peat bogs in Scotland and the Faroe Islands and in ice cores from Greenland’s ice cap. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Greenland’s Ice Provides a Year-By-Year Account of the Roman Empire’s Economy," 16 May 2018 The Red Planet’s polar ice caps, for example, grow in the winter and shrink in the summer. Shannon Hall, New York Times, "Never Mind the Summer Heat: Earth Is at Its Greatest Distance From the Sun," 5 July 2018 The study examined ten of the Earth’s more vulnerable habitats, including the Amazon rainforest, polar ice caps, boreal forest, and the ocean floor. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Warn Earth's Ecosystems Could Start Releasing CO2 On Their Own," 7 Aug. 2018 In Salida, Colorado, residents have noticed the change through more lawn watering, increased air conditioning sales and bigger fires. (June 18) AP Collapsing polar ice caps, a green Sahara Desert, a 20-foot sea-level rise. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming could be far worse than predicted, new study suggests," 6 July 2018 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

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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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