Geography

Antarctic Ice Shelves

May 21, 2012, 12:29 pm
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Ross Ice Shelf. Source: NOAA

 

caption Figure 1. Antarctica's 10 largest ice shelf areas. (Source: NSIDC)

The Antarctic Ice Shelves are a set of frozen water landforms around the coastal zone of Antarctica. An ice shelf is a thick slab of ice, attached to a coastline and extending out over the ocean as a seaward extension of the grounded ice sheet. Ice shelves range in thickness from about 50 to 600 meters, and some shelves persist for thousands of years. In Antarctica, these ice shelves are generally in contact with the main Antarctic ice sheet. They fringe the continent of Antarctica, and, at their seaward edge, periodically calve tabular icebergs. There are 47 named ice shelves in Antarctica catalogued in the United States Geological Servey (USGS) Geographic Names Information Service (GNIS):

  1. Abbot Ice Shelf
  2. Amery Ice Shelf
  3. Bach Ice Shelf
  4. Brahms Ice Shelf
  5. Britten Ice Shelf
  6. Brunt Ice Shelf
  7. Cook Ice Shelf
  8. Cosgrove Ice Shelf
  9. Crosson Ice Shelf
  10. Dotson Ice Shelf
  11. Edward VIII Ice Shelf
  12. Ekström Ice Shelf
  13. Filchner Ice Shelf
  14. Fimbul Ice Shelf
  15. George VI Ice Shelf
  16. Getz Ice Shelf
  17. Gillett Ice Shelf
  18. Hannan Ice Shelf
  19. Jelbart Ice Shelf
  20. Jones Ice Shelf
  21. Lady Newnes Ice Shelf
  22. Larsen Ice Shelf (Larsen A and B)
  23. Lazarev Ice Shelf
  24. McMurdo Ice Shelf
  25. Moscow University Ice Shelf
  26. Müller Ice Shelf
  27. Nickerson Ice Shelf
  28. Prince Gustav Ice Shelf
  29. Publications Ice Shelf
  30. Quar Ice Shelf
  31. Rameau Ice Shelf
  32. Riiser-Larsen Ice Shelf
  33. Ronne Ice Shelf
  34. Ross Ice Shelf
  35. Shackleton Ice Shelf
  36. Slava Ice Shelf
  37. Stange Ice Shelf
  38. Sulzberger Ice Shelf
  39. Swinburne Ice Shelf
  40. Venable Ice Shelf
  41. Verdi Ice Shelf
  42. Voyeykov Ice Shelf
  43. West Ice Shelf
  44. Wilkins Ice Shelf
  45. Wordie Ice Shelf
  46. Wyers Ice Shelf
  47. Zubchatyy Ice Shelf

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Citation

(2012). Antarctic Ice Shelves. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbecef7896bb431f68e91d

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