Ice sheet

Ice sheet, Large mass of glacial ice.

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In glaciology, an ice sheet, also known as a continental glacier, is a mass of glacial ice that covers surrounding terrain and is greater than 50,000 km2 (19,000 sq mi). The only current ice sheets are in Antarctica and Greenland; during the last glacial period at Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) the Laurentide Ice Sheet covered much of North America, the Weichselian ice sheet covered northern Europe and the Patagonian Ice Sheet covered southern South America. Ice sheets are bigger than ice shelves or alpine glaciers. Masses of ice covering less than 50,000 km2 are termed an ice cap. An ice cap will typically feed a series of glaciers around its periphery.

Antarctic ice sheet
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Antarctic ice sheet ... Antarctic ice sheet is one of the two polar ice caps of the Earth. It covers about 98% of the Antarctic continent and is the largest single mass of ice on Earth...

Laurentide Ice Sheet
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Laurentide Ice Sheet ... The Laurentide Ice Sheet was a massive sheet of ice that covered millions of square miles, including most of Canada and a large portion of the Northern...

Greenland ice sheet
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Greenland ice sheet ... The Greenland ice sheet (Danish: Grønlands indlandsis, Greenlandic: Sermersuaq) is a vast body of ice covering 1,710,000 square kilometres (660,000 sq mi)...

Ice age
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Ice age ... presence or expansion of continental and polar ice sheets and alpine glaciers. Earth's climate alternates between ice ages and greenhouse periods, during which...

West Antarctic Ice Sheet
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West Antarctic Ice Sheet ... -133.27806 Play media The Western Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is the segment of the continental ice sheet that covers West Antarctica, the portion of Antarctica...

Cordilleran ice sheet
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Cordilleran ice sheet ... The Cordilleran ice sheet was a major ice sheet that periodically covered large parts of North America during glacial periods over the last ~2.6 million...

Ice-sheet dynamics
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Ice-sheet dynamics ... Mediendatei abspielen Ice sheet dynamics describe the motion within large bodies of ice, such those currently on Greenland and Antarctica. Ice motion is dominated...

Wisconsin glaciation
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Wisconsin glaciation ... American ice sheet complex. This advance included the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, which nucleated in the northern North American Cordillera; the Innuitian ice sheet...

Antarctica
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Antarctica ... cause of ice loss on the West Antarctic ice sheet, but has also been observed around the East Antarctic ice sheet. The Antarctic ice sheet is losing...

Polar ice cap
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Polar ice cap ... referred to as ice sheets. The composition of the ice will vary. For example, Earth's polar caps are mainly water ice, whereas Mars's polar ice caps are a...

Last Glacial Period
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Weichselian glaciation
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Quaternary glaciation
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Ice-sheet model
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Sea level rise
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Patagonian Ice Sheet
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Labrador ice sheet
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Climate of Antarctica
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Project Iceworm
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