icecap

[ahys-kap]
noun
a thick cover of ice over an area, sloping in all directions from the center.

Origin:
1850–55; ice + cap1

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icecap (ˈaɪsˌkæp)
 
n
a thick mass of glacial ice and snow that permanently covers an area of land, such as either of the polar regions or the peak of a mountain

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icecap   (īs'kāp')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A dome-shaped body of ice and snow that covers a mountain peak or a large area and spreads out under its own weight. Ice caps have an area of less than 50,000 square km (19,500 square mi). Compare ice sheet.

  2. A polar cap.


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Called katabatic winds, they are pulled down the slope of the icecap by gravity.
All of this happens much more slowly than icecap melting would go, if it were to happen.
Basically, we're building the world's largest particle detector out of the polar icecap itself.
They buried this region under an immense icecap which was probably a mile thick.
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