A floating sheet of ice permanently attached to a landmass.
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- A floating ice shelf is like the crust of the earth floating on the earth's plastic mantle.
- In the 1990s a berg the size of Oxfordshire broke off the Antarctic ice shelf and was widely hailed as proof of global warming.
- However, this trend could be a result of the greater distance from the source of evaporation beyond the edge of an ice shelf to the accumulation site as the ice shelves grew slowly equatorward.
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