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Ice on Earth falls within the lower range of that spectrum—in Antarctica, ice sheets at their thickest can reach 4.7 meters, or almost 3 miles deep. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Nuclear Tunneling Worm Could Help Us Find Out What's Beneath Europa's Ice," 17 Dec. 2018 From global temperature increases to warmer ocean waters to shrinking ice sheets to more frequent severe weather events, the signs are everywhere: The earth’s climate is becoming increasingly destabilized. Emily Hernandez, Teen Vogue, "What Is Climate Change? Everything You Need To Know About Global Warming," 17 July 2018 Scientists believe that climate change may be helping to drive an unstoppable collapse of the Western Antarctic ice sheet. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "World’s Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away After 18 Years Adrift," 9 June 2018 These ice cores can provide all kinds of valuable information about the age of the ice and the timing of melt events on the ice sheet. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Greenland Is Melting Faster Than at Any Time in the Last 400 Years," 30 Mar. 2018 Sea-level rise is caused by warming of the ocean and melting from glaciers and ice sheets. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Sea level in Seattle could rise 3 feet by 2100 on global warming, report says," 30 July 2018 But the report warns that these ice sheets could potentially start to destabilize with 1.5 to 2 degrees of warming, committing the world to many more feet of sea level rise for centuries to come. Nadja Popovich, The Seattle Times, "Why half a degree of global warming is a big deal," 9 Oct. 2018 One of the effects of climate change is a decrease in the mass of ice sheets in polar regions. Hans Aschim, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Women in Science Who Broke the Glass Ceiling," 5 Oct. 2018 That ultimately tells scientists the thickness of the ice sheets below the satellite. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch the last flight of the Delta II rocket as it puts a laser-pulsing satellite into orbit," 14 Sep. 2018

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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: a very large and thick area of ice that covers a region

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