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shelf ice

noun
1.
ice forming part of or broken from an ice shelf.
Origin of shelf ice
1910-1915
1910-15
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Historical Examples
  • Wild, Harrison and Hoadley went to examine the shelf-ice with a view to its suitability for a wintering station.

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  • The glacier-tongue bore all the characters of shelf-ice, by which is meant a floating extension of the land-ice.

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  • The highest point was fifty feet above the level of the top of the shelf-ice.

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  • At a distance, large bergs would be undistinguishable from shelf-ice, appearances of which were reported above.

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  • In all, thirty-six tons of stores were raised on to the shelf-ice, one hundred feet above sea-level, in four days.

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  • Thus the northern face crumbles down into brash or floats away as part of a berg severed from the main body of the shelf-ice.

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  • The shelf-ice is without doubt afloat, if the presence of sea-water and diatomaceous stains on the ice is of any account.

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British Dictionary definitions for shelf-ice

shelf ice

noun
1.
a less common term for ice shelf
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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shelf-ice in Science
shelf ice  
An extension of glacial ice into coastal waters that is in contact with the bottom near the shore but not toward the outer edge of the shelf.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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