ice foot


An ice-foot is a narrow strip of ice that is frozen to the shore of many arctic beaches. The ice foot is produced by the gradual freezing (in Autumn) of wave spray and its size is a function of the tidal range, storminess of water and beach angle. The ice foot prevents wave induced movement of beach material and as such acts to reduce erosion. The ice foot usually breaks up in the early stages of spring thaw.


French, H.M. 1976. The Reiglacial Environment Longman Group Limited

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