Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as ice-foot. Sometimes, however, an “ice-wall’ is formed by the pressure of the pack, which throws masses of ice on to the shore and piles them up to a considerable height in the form of a solid wall. Some of the belts of ice which line the arctic shores are formed in part from the snow derived from the land, and in part from the sea-ice thrown upon the shore by the pressure of the pack.
“But with a groan and a crash, the ice-wall bulged in.”
“With the increasing motion the ice-wall broke in a hundred places, and from up and down the shore came the rending and crashing of uprooted trees.”
“Ten minutes later they climbed the ice-wall, and on and up the bank, which was partly a hillside, to where the signal of distress still fluttered.”
“The panorama from the top of the ice-wall is always grand, and it can be beautiful as well.”
“To-day a heavy, black sky hung above a still blacker sea, and the ice-wall, which shines in the light with a dazzling white purity, looked more like an old white-washed wall than anything else.”
“She stood on the peaks above me; her figure presented in strong relief against the dead, neutral tint of the ice-wall behind her.”
“They were glad in an hour to get into their furs, and there remained shivering in the damp, cold fog, while the streams of water which had poured down the ice-wall congealed again into the hardest of crystal.”
“The ice-wall seemed to crack and stagger from base to summit.”
“Cold it indeed was down there in the maw of the ice-field; but Wash made some more hot drink and the hunter and the oil man went at the ice-wall with vigor.”
“On one side, for a distance of five hundred miles, extends a great ice barrier whose perpendicular ice-wall is from thirty to three hundred feet in height.”
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