Definitions for ice field
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a large sheet of floating ice, larger than an ice floe.
Category: Geography (terms)
a large flat mass of ice (larger than an ice floe) floating at sea
a network of interconnected glaciers or ice streams having a common source
a large expanse of floating ice (several miles long)
An ice field is an area less than 50,000 km² of ice often found in the colder climates and higher altitudes of the world where there is sufficient precipitation. It is an extensive area of interconnected valley glaciers from which the higher peaks rise as nunataks. Ice fields are larger than alpine glaciers, smaller than ice sheets and similar in area to ice caps. The topography of ice fields is determined by the shape of the surrounding land forms, while ice caps have their own forms overriding underlying shapes.
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