Caves in the Ross Ice Shelf, Antartica

Caves in the Ross Ice Shelf, Antartica

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Caption: Caves in the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. An ice shelf is an extensive sheet of floating ice, on the margin of & attached to a coastline. The Ross Ice Shelf covers approximately 256,000 square kilometres (160,000 square miles) of sea. Over geological time-scales, caves on the edge of an ice shelf collapse & the broken mass floats free as an iceberg. Icebergs formed in this way, as opposed to those formed at the end of a glacier, are usually rectangular in shape with a plateau or tabular top.

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Keywords: antarctic, environment, ice cave, ice shelf

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