Ice sheets and ice caps

English name: Ice sheets and ice caps

Description (English)

Dome-like ice masses unconstrained by topography, together with their outlet glaciers. They are characteristic of arctic regions. The largest ice sheet in the northern hemisphere is that of Greenland. Smaller ice sheets and ice caps occur in Iceland, Jan Mayen, Spitsbergen, southern Norway, Franz Josef Land, Severnaya Zemlya and the islands of the De-Longa group.

Source: EUNIS habitat classification

Quick facts

EUNIS habitat type code H4.21
Bern Convention Included in a Resolution 4 habitat type at a higher level (H4.2)

Vegetation types

Relation to vegetation types (syntaxa)

Not available

Species mentioned in habitat description

Not available

Other classifications

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
Palaearctic Habitat Classification 200112 63.31 Ice sheets and ice caps source
CORINE Land Cover 3.3.5. Glaciers and perpetual snow n/a
For relation to plant communities (syntaxa), see Vegetation types

History

Classification Code Habitat type name Relationship type
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200410 H4.21 Ice sheets and ice caps same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200308 H4.21 Ice sheets and ice caps same
EUNIS Habitat Classification 200202 H4.21 Ice sheets and ice caps same
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