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Ice shelves

LC control no.sh2009008343
Topical headingIce shelves
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Variant(s)Shelf ice
Shelves, Ice
See alsoGlaciers
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Found inWork cat.: Engels, Jennifer L. New evidence for ice shelf flow across the Alaska and Beaufort margins, Arctic Ocean, 2004.
McGraw-Hill dictionary of earth science, 2003: p. 188 (ice shelf: a thick sheet of ice with a fairly level or undulating surface, formed along a polar coast and in shallow bays and inlets, fastened to the shore along one side but mostly afloat and nourished by annual accumulation of snow and by the seaward extension of land glaciers)
Dictionary of natural resource management, 1996: p. 168 (ice shelf: a floating tabular mass of ice at the margin of and attached to an ice sheet)
NASA Earth observatory Web site, Sept. 15, 2009: glossary (ice shelf: a thick mass of ice extending from a polar shore; the seaward edge is afloat and sometimes extends hundreds of miles into the sea)
The American Museum of Natural History Web site, Sept. 15, 2009: glossary (ice shelf: thick glacier ice that extends from glaciers on land and floats on the sea; often called an ice tongue when it extends from the mouth of an outlet glacier)
Wikipedia, Set. 15, 2009 (An ice shelf is a thick, floating platform of ice that forms where a glacier or ice sheet flows down to a coastline and onto the ocean surface.)
WordNet Web site, Sept. 15, 2009 (shelf ice, ice shelf: ice that is attached to land but projects out to sea)
Virtual Antarctica Web site, Sept. 15, 2009: (ice shelf: a floating ice sheet of considerable thickness showing 2-50 meters or more above sea level, attached to the coast)
British Antarctic survey Web site, Sept. 15, 2009: glossary of Antarctic terms (ice shelf - where ice is flowing off the main Antarctic plateau and is floating on the sea while still joined to the plateau)
Center for remote sensing of ice sheets Web site, Sept. 15, 2009: vocabulary sheet (ice shelf: a slab of glacial ice floating on the sea, but still attached to, and fed by land-derived ice)