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Term: Ice-field
Definition: Approximately horizontal, ice covered area; Ice covering does not overwhelm surrounding topography; Occur in topographical depressions or plateaus; No dome like shape (in contrast to Ice cap); Smaller than 50.000km^2 (approx. 220 x 220 km) ; Ice masses of sheet or blanket type of a thickness not sufficient to obscure the sub-surface topography; In some cases no need to classify in "Frontal characteristic" (the frontal characteristic is described by the outreaching glaciers); Might also be used to classify low lying areas where the ice divides and flow directions are not clearly detectable "transectional glaciers")
Created 2022.03.08
Last Modified 2023.03.27
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