ice field


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ice field

1. a very large flat expanse of ice floating in the sea; large ice floe
2. a large mass of ice permanently covering an extensive area of land

ice field

[′īs ‚fēld]
(hydrology)
A mass of land ice resting on a mountain region and covering all but the highest peaks.
(oceanography)
A flat sheet of sea ice that is more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) across.
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All the surveying was done by mapping which meant going out on the ice fields on dog sleds for days on end and camping out.
During a 2002 expedition to the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru, the largest tropical ice field in the world, Thompson and colleagues discovered patches of ancient wetland plants that had been exposed as the edge of the ice cap retreated.
His mathematical formula - now known as the Batten Method - allows submarines to pass through precarious ice fields in more than double the time and with vastly improved safety.
They examined a large supply of micrometeorites from the same Antarctic ice field as ALH84001.
In August, scientists returned to the Antarctic ice fields, hoping to find more of these jewels from long ago.
Some researchers have argued that the Antarctic ice field in which ALH84001 landed some 13,000 years ago could have contaminated the meteorite with terrestrial PAHs or other organic materials.
The icebreaker is able to proceed continuously both ahead and astern at the speed of 2 knots in compact ice field up to 2m thick with 20cm of snow cover and temperatures as low as minus 35 degrees Celsius.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with four other ICE field offices, for allegedly holding asylum seekers in detention without cause.