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Antarctica ice shelves
Major Ice shelves in Antartica. ROss Ice shelf is red, Fincher Ronne is the large area in blue
Ross Ice-Shelf
Ross Ice Shelf.
Ronne Ice Shelf (25377432417)
Ronne Ice Shelf, in 2017

An ice shelf is a large platform of ice, where a glacier flows down to a coastline. An ice shelf is usually very thick, usually 100 metres (330 ft) or more. Some ice shelves float on the water. Ice shelves that float are usually much thinner.

The biggest areas of ice shelf are in Antarctica:

  • Ross Ice Shelf 509,000 square kilometres (197,000 sq mi), as of 2013
  • Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf, 430,000 square kilometres (170,000 sq mi)


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