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