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# How thick is the ice cap that covers Antarctica?

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The ice cap that covers Antarctica is more than 2100 meters thick in places, more than two kilometers (1.3 miles). This is where most of the world's fresh water is contained. If it melted completely it would raise sea levels by 61 meters (200 feet).

Its average thickness is about 1.6 km.

According to NASA the West Antarctic ice sheet rests on a bed well below sea level and is drained by much larger outlet glaciers and ice streams that accelerate over distances of hundreds of kilometers before reaching the ocean, often through large floating ice shelves. The deepest known ice rests 2,555 meters below sea level, where the ice is over 4 kilometers thick.
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# How thick are the ice caps in Greenland?

At its centre, the Greenland ice cap is over 3km thick (around 3275m). However, in the last ten years, the rate of reduction of Greenland's ice sheet has trebled. In the article published in the Jan 8th 2011 edition of New Scientist it was suggested that this icecap holds enough ice to raise (MORE)

# How thick can Antarctica ice get?

The maximum thickness of ice in the Antarctic ice sheet is 15,670feet. It averages 7,300 feet on the eastern side and 4,285 feet onthe western side.

# How thick is the ice on the ice caps in cm?

The greatest ever measured thickness of the Antarctic ice is more than 4,770 meters, that is 477000 cm.

# How much of Antarctica is covered in ice?

Antarctica is 5,400,000 sq miles (14,000,000 sq km) in size. Of this, 5,300,000 sq mi (13,720,000 sq kms) is ice covered, leaving 100,000 sq mi ( 280,000 sq km) ice free. This works out at 98.15% ice covered, 1.85% ice free.

# What percentage of Antarctica is covered in ice and snow?

Antarctica is 5,400,000 sq miles (14,000,000 sq km) in size. Of this, 5,300,000 sq mi (13,720,000 sq kms) is ice covered, leaving 100,000 sq mi ( 280,000 sq km) ice free. This works out at 98.15% ice covered, 1.85% ice free. During the winter months, 100% of Antarctica is covered in ice. During (MORE)

# How thick is the ice cap covering Antarctica?

The ice cap covering Antarctica is over 2.5 miles thick. It is morecommonly known as the Antarctic ice sheet.

# What part of Antarctica isn't covered in ice?

About two percent of it, on the beaches when the sea ice melts and the nunataks, the mountain peaks that pierce the polar ice cap.

# Is Antarctica covered in ice?

Yes.. Antarctica is a continent of approximately 14,000,000 sq km.. The Antarctic Ice Sheet consists of about 13.72 million sq km of permanent ice up to over 4 km thick and representing 90% of the world's ice.

# What is the thickest ice cover in Antarctica?

The ice depths on the Polar Plateau can reach 15,000 feet (4,572 metres). The continent's average ice thickness is 7,000 feet (2,133 metres).

# How thick is the sea ice in Antarctica?

The Antarctic continent nearly doubles in size every winter, because the sea freezes around the continent. At the beach, at McMurdo Station, for example, the ice is eight to 20 feet thick by the end of winter, based on the shape of the benthos under the ice. Ice tends to be thicker where the sea i (MORE)

# What percentage of antarctica is covered in snow and ice?

About 98% of the continent is covered by an ice sheet. Snow is notas easy to find there as ice.

# What is Antarctica is covered by ice?

Because Antarctica is a "polar" region, there is no precipitation, it has no lakes or rivers and is in fact the driest continent.. Average temperatures in the Antarctic interior get down to -70 degrees Celsius during the winter months and -35 degrees Celsius in the warmer months.. The coastal temp (MORE)

# How thick is ice in Antarctica at its thickest point?

The location of the 'thickest point' of ice on Antarctica has notyet been discovered. However, one thick point is the South Polewhich sits on 2,700 meters or 9,000 feet of ice.

# How thick is the ice cap on Antarctica?

The ice sheet of Antarctica has an average thickness of about 1.6 km. The ice on Antarctica is miles and miles thick which is 7,100 ft thick.

# How thick is the Arctic ice cap?

The Arctic ice cap consists of sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet . Sea ice can be several meters thick, while the Greenland ice sheet is several thousand feet thick in the interior. Sea ice and ice sheets are two entirely separate things. The main being that ice sheets are formed from accumulat (MORE)

# What does the huge ice cap cover in Antarctica?

The ice sheet that covers Antarctica is a 98% coverage of the land mass that is the continent.

# What percent of Antarctica is covered by ice?

Around 98% of Antarctica is covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, a sheet of ice that averages at least 1.6 km (1.0 mi) in thickness.

# Name of the cracks in Antarctica ice cap?

Cracks in any ice cap are called crevasses , and because theyare subject to shifting and re-shaping, they are not generallynamed. Antarctica is covered in an ice sheet, and eruptions in that sheetare called nunataks -- mountain tops. Again, any crack inthe ice sheet would be a crevasse and would (MORE)

# How do you know that antarctica was not always covered in ice?

The geology of Antarctica points to it once being tropical. Themovement caused by tectonic plates, and the breaking up of thesingle landmass called, Pangea, shifted the Antarctic to itspresent position at the south pole.

# How much ice is at the antarctica ice cap?

The Antarctic ice sheet is the largest in the world with about 13.72 million sq km of permanent ice representing about 90% of the worlds ice and is over 4 km thick in places.

# How is global warming affecting the ice caps in antarctica?

Antarctica has already been experiencing warming, though not as much as in some other parts of the world. It is generally losing ice, though mostly on the coast whereas there may be slight gains in East Antarctica. Sea ice has been slowly increasing in coverage, though this is largely due to variati (MORE)

# Is Antarctica an ice cap?

Yes and it is sitting on the landmass of Antarctica. the Arctic ice cap is floating in water.

# What is Thick sheets of ice that can cover large areas of a continent are called ice caps or?

Thick sheets of ice that can cover large areas of a continent arecalled continental glaciers or ice caps. Examples of continentalglaciers are in Antarctica and Greenland The ice sheets that formin these two locations are up to 3500 meters thick. thank you a lot

# How much ice covers Antarctica?

The ice sheet that covers 98% of the continent contains about 70%of the earth's fresh water, and about 90% of the earth's store ofice.

# What is a thick sheet of ice covering a large area of land?

Also called ice sheets, they can be called glaciers or continental ice masses. While glaciers, by definition, have to be moving- albeit VERY slowly- ice sheets can just lay there until they move, which could classify them as a glacier.

# How thick are ice caps over some parts of Antarctica?

The Antarctic ice sheet has been measured to a depth of nearly two miles at the South Pole.

# How many sheets of ice cover antarctica?

The Antarctic ice sheet is considered a single ice sheet, with several named shelves at the continent's beaches.

# What is the percentage of Antarctica that is not covered in ice?

Antarctica is 5,400,000 sq miles (14,000,000 sq km) in size. Ofthis, 5,300,000 sq mi (13,720,000 sq kms) is ice covered, leaving100,000 sq mi (280,000 sq km) ice free. This works out at 98.15% ice covered, 1.85% ice free.

# Why does Antarctica have thick ice?

antarctica has thick ice because it is a land mass that is freazed so it has really big ice

# How much of Antarctica is covered in ice cap and snow in percentage?

Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet: 98%. There are no ice capsthere nore is there any snow.

# How could the ice caps form in Antarctica if it is a desert?

That an area is a desert does not mean that it is hot, just thatthere is very little precipitation. Antarctica gets very littlesnow, but it is cold enough that what little snow falls nevermelts. It has been like this for millions of years, allowing thesnow to pile up and compress into ice sheets sev (MORE)

# How long until the ice cap of Antarctica melts?

Scientists think that if global warming stays as it is now it will be about 20 years, if it gets wrse then they estimate about 2020.

# How much ice covers Antarctica surface?

The ice covers 13,720,000 km2 (5,300,000 sq mi) of Antarctica. This ice sheet contains over 5 million cubic miles (30 million cubic km) of ice. If it was broken up, every person on Earth would receive a piece the size of the Great Pyramid.

# Why is Antarctica covered in ice and snow?

Antarctica used to be a tropical island, then the earth rotater over years and years has caused it to be in a colder climate. The wind blows constantly there which keeps it in a deep freeze. This came from a pamphlet about Antarctica that I read.

# How thick is the icecap that covers Antarctica?

Over the South Pole, the ice is about 12,000 feet thick, and is one of the few places where estimated measurements have been made as to the thickness of the continental ice cap. About 4 miles!

# Do omnivores live on polar ice caps on Antarctica?

No. Antarctica is too cold and there is no food chain there tosupport any animal.

# What would happen if the west ice cap in Antarctica melted?

This is only a hypothetical, since it is generally agreed by eventhe most pessimistic scientists that this ice cap will not melt inour lifetimes. If it did happen, then sea levels would rise byseveral meters and we would have to abandon many of our coastalcities and productive coastal farmland. A mo (MORE)

# How many ice caps is there left in the antarctica?

The continent of Antarctica is covered -- 98% of it -- by an ice sheet which is still there.

# What else covers Antarctica apart from snow and ice?

Ninety-eight percent of the Antarctic continent is covered by an ice sheet. The remaining two percent is either beach or arid, mountainous land.

# Is Antarctica a name given to the northern ice cap?

No, the Northern ice cap is the Arctic. Antarctica is the name of the continent at the South Pole.

# Why do most parts of the antarctica are covered with ice throughout the year?

Because that area of the Earth is basically facing away from the Sun so it doesn't get a lot of light. Little light means little heat, and the chance for the ice to form and to stay around.

# How can there be rivers under the Antarctica Ice Caps?

Rivers on the surface of Antarctica are a seasonal melt-waterphenomenon near the coasts. Under the ice sheet, there aresub-glacial lakes, not rivers. Some theorize that the bottoms of the ice sheet melt due togeo-thermal heat.

# Is 98 percent of antarctica covered in thick ice?

Yes. The ice is thicker in some places than in others. Around the beaches, it's not as thick as it is at the South Pole: more than 10,000 feet thick.

# Why are Antarctica ice caps melting?

Global warming. The warming oceans are actually melting the feet of the glacierswhere they move down onto the ocean floor. This creates ice shelvesresting on the top of the water. These shelves then break off toform icebergs, sometimes as big as the island of Manhattan. They aren't melting. In fac (MORE)

# What compound does this use Antarctica has a thick ice cover and the highest average elevation of all the continents?

Antarctica has thick ice cover and the highest average elevation ofall the continents because of its location on the south pole.

# Why is Antarctica covered with thick ice if it only snows a few inches a year?

Antarctica's ice sheet has been building up for millennia; icecores documenting the Earth's atmosphere for the past 800,000 yearshave been drilled in it. The ice sheet is formed from moisture -- what little there is givenan average of five percent humidity on the continent -- thatfreezes. Snow is i (MORE)

# What percentage of Antarctica is covered with snow and ice?

Ninety-eight percent of the continent is covered with an ice sheet,containing 70% of the earth's store of fresh water and 90% of theearth's store of ice.

# What is the very thick layer of ice found in the Greenland and Antarctica?

They are the Polar Ice Caps and they are not as thick as they usedto be.

# Does the ice cover averages 500 feet in thickness in Antarctica?

From the NASA Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, you can read thatthe ice ". . . averages more than one mile in thickness, but isnearly three miles thick in places."

# How thick is the Greenland ice cap?

The Greenland ice sheet is a vast body of ice covering 1,710,000square kilometres and its thickness is generally more than 2 km andover 3 km at its thickest point.