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ice sheet

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  1. a broad, thick sheet of ice covering an extensive area for a long period of time.
  2. a glacier covering a large fraction of a continent.
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Origin of ice sheet

First recorded in 1870–75
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Historical Examples

  • Under his single weight we could see the ice-sheet undulating.

    Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled

    Hudson Stuck

  • Underneath the ice-sheet the stones, sand, and clay behaved in the same way.

  • All of them thus owe their origin to the action of the ice-sheet.

  • Eventually, however, this later advance of the ice-sheet ceased.

  • When the ice-sheet came down from the north it dragged along all of the soil and loose rock material that lay in its path.

British Dictionary definitions for ice sheet

ice sheet

  1. a thick layer of ice covering a large area of land for a long time, esp those in Antarctica and Greenland
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ice sheet in Science

ice sheet

  1. A large sheet of ice and snow that covers an entire region and spreads out under its own weight. Ice sheets have an area of more than 50,000 square km (19,500 square mi). Compare icecap.
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