- ice forming part of or broken from an ice shelf.
Origin of shelf ice
First recorded in 1910–15
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Examples from the Web for shelf ice
The highest point was fifty feet above the level of the top of the shelf-ice.
The glacier-tongue bore all the characters of shelf-ice, by which is meant a floating extension of the land-ice.
At a distance, large bergs would be undistinguishable from shelf-ice, appearances of which were reported above.
Wild, Harrison and Hoadley went to examine the shelf-ice with a view to its suitability for a wintering station.
In all, thirty-six tons of stores were raised on to the shelf-ice, one hundred feet above sea-level, in four days.
- a less common term for ice shelf
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- 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.
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