Eastern Ice Sheet

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Eastern Ice Sheet

 

a glacial shield on Severo-Vostochnaia Zemlia Island (Spitzbergen Archipelago). Area, 5,650 sq km. In the south it flows into the Southern Ice Sheet, and on the north and east it falls into the sea, producing icebergs. The central part of the shield reaches altitudes of 600-720 m above sea level; the ice thickness is approximately 560 m. Glacier alimentation is up to the elevations of 300-400 m. The regions of accumulation and ablation are almost equal in area, so the equilibrium of the glacial shield is almost balanced.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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