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Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf is located in Nunavut
Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf
Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf
Location in Nunavut
Satellite image showing of Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf

The Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf is an ice shelf on the north-west part of Ellesmere Island, Canada.[1] This ice mass is one of four remaining ice shelves on the island.

This ice shelf lies between Alert Point and Cape Woods on the Wootton Peninsula. The Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf is regarded as a composite ice shelf that is composed of an inner unit of glacial origin and a trunk glacier originating from sea ice.[2]

Some time around 1955, a section of the ice shelf broke off. It is now called the ARLIS-II ice island.[3]

Further readingEdit

Map of part of Ellesmere Island showing location of Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf
  • Glaciers of North America - Canada, Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World, U.S.G.S. Professional Paper 1386 – J – 1, pg J111 – J143
  • Carsten Braun, Douglas R. Hardy, and Raymond S. Bradley, Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol 109, (2004). Surface mass balance of the Ward Hunt Ice
  • Rise and Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada, Roy M. Koerner
  • Earth Observatory, by: Nasa Were a Part of the Earths Enterprise[4]
  • Jiancheng Zheng, Akira Kudo, David A. Fisher, Erik W. Blake and M. Gerasimoff, The Holocene 8, 4 (1998) pg. 413 – 421, Solid electrical conductivity (ECM) from four, Agassiz ice cores, Ellesmere Island NWT, Canada: high-resolution signal and noise over the last millennium and low resolution over the Holocene

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Glaciers of Ellesmere Island Archived June 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Ellesmere Island Ice Shelves and Ice Islands
  3. ^ The source and calving of ice island ARLIS-II
  4. ^ "Breakup of the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf (DAAC Study) : Feature Articles". doi:10.1029/2003GL017931. Retrieved 2010-07-30.

Coordinates: 82°18′N 085°56′W / 82.300°N 85.933°W / 82.300; -85.933 (Alfred Ernest Ice Shelf)