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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Even when free of fresh snow, its ice field looks more opaque and whiter than that of alpine glaciers (Gillman 17).
2) 30 years (when the ice field reached 20 m thick)
Officers GAO interviewed at ICE field offices said that ICE policies and procedures limit their discretion when encountering the targets of their investigations--typically criminal or fugitive aliens, but that they can exercise more discretion for other aliens they encounter.
From 1987 to 2003, the area of the ice field was reduced by half.
He also employs clever pairings in which formal pleasure is the flip side of a perceptual or interpretive conundrum (one triptych, for example, initially appears to be a view of three figures crossing a massive ice field but turns out to be three views of the same individual).
The ice field has been receding by about five metres a year.
The freeze-thaw system has a 4-ha (10-acre) primary ice field and a 1-ha (3-acre) secondary ice field.
Like great liners, these characters steer through the ice field hoping to make the crossing without catastrophe.
Sure, they exercised poor judgment in plowing full speed through an ice field despite being warned that there were icebergs as big as the Himalayas out there.
A chunk of ice stretching 250 miles long by 50 to 80 miles wide, the ice field is akin to Antarctica but even more inaccessible because it's wedged between two soaring mastiffs on a 3,280-foot plateau.