ice shelf


Definition of ice shelf

: shelf ice In 2002, a Rhode Island-size section of an ice shelf crumbled into the sea.— Joe McGowan

Examples of ice shelf in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That allows ocean waves to rock the ice shelf, further stressing it. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Scientists had been seeing the ice shelf shrink a bit since the 1970s, Neff said. Seth Borenstein,, 25 Mar. 2022 The team first spotted the phenomenon in 2018 using Google Earth; an overhead view showed sea ice floating in a river carving into the ice shelf. Theo Nicitopoulos, Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 Soaring temperatures caused an ice shelf the size of Los Angeles to collapse in Antarctica in March. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 For the first time since satellites began observing Antarctica nearly half a century ago, an ice shelf has collapsed on the eastern part of the continent. New York Times, 11 Apr. 2022 That trend is driven by warm ocean water melting the bottom of the floating ice shelf, not surface melt. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2022 An ice shelf the size of New York City has collapsed in East Antarctica, according to scientists. Julia Musto, Fox News, 26 Mar. 2022 What began as a rescue attempt after a man fell off an ice shelf at Indiana Dunes National Park Monday afternoon had been deemed a body recovery mission by Tuesday morning, Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials said. Olivia Olander,, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ice shelf

1869, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

30 Apr 2022

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“Ice shelf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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