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Today the ice sheet is retreating as fast as 1.2 kilometers per year. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "These women are changing the landscape of Antarctic research," 7 Mar. 2019 The human figures start to appear on the cave walls around 13,600 years ago, at a time when the ice sheets still dominated the world’s northern latitudes but had begun to slowly recede. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 The ice sheets of Antarctica are home to as much as 90 percent of the world’s freshwater supply. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Antarctica Is Melting Three Times Faster Than a Decade Ago," 13 June 2018 Between 60 and 90 percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined. Kendra Pierre-louis, New York Times, "Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago," 13 June 2018 In extreme cases like these, the particle streams infiltrate the magnetosphere, blending with Earth’s atmosphere and coating forests and ice sheets in radionuclides for scientists to contemplate thousands of years later. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Evidence of a Monstrous, Ancient Solar Storm Found Hidden in Greenland's Ice," 14 Mar. 2019 There’s strong suspicion that the melting of glaciers and ice sheets is tied to climate change. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Scott Pruitt came closer than ever to admitting mistakes. Democrats say it's not enough.," 17 May 2018 The threefold jump in ice loss from the continent as a whole is a combination of increased melting of ice from West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, with a small signal from the ice sheet in East Antarctica. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Global warming has melted over 3 trillion tons of ice in Antarctica since 1992, and it's only getting worse," 13 June 2018 Another study found Greenland’s entire ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in at least 400 years, and that the melt rate sped drastically in 1990. Umair Irfan, Vox, "7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day," 21 Apr. 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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