ice sheet


Examples of ice sheet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Back then, the poles alternated warming, so melting from one ice sheet was buffered by the other. Frank Hulley-Jones, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The collapse of ice sheets and ice shelves has been a major point of uncertainty within the climate science community. Evan Bush, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023 Some studies suggest multiple seas, stacked together in a layer cake of ice sheets and oceans, hide underground. Popular Science, 8 Nov. 2023 Melting glaciers, ice sheets and ocean water expansion from warming are causing the sea to rise, and the Golden State is particularly vulnerable, with nearly 70% of the population living in coastal areas. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, another team of researchers has found that the groundwater flowing underneath ice sheets could be boosting sea level rise. WIRED, 27 Oct. 2023 For a long time, those contemplating the climate future tended to focus on the risk of thresholds being reached — the disappearance of the world’s coral reefs, say, or the irreversible collapse of the planet’s ice sheets, or the dieback of the Amazon rainforest. David Wallace-Wells, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 Outside researchers said the study represented an important advance in understanding the stresses a warming ocean will put on this critical ice sheet. Evan Bush, NBC News, 23 Oct. 2023 See, what's happening is the ice sheets on Greenland are melting, and that's fresh water. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 26 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ice sheet was in 1831

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“Ice sheet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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