"Ross Ice Shelf"
Ross Ice Shelf from the mouth of the Axel Heiberg Glacier
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An expanse of permanent sea ice which abuts the continent of Antarctica, named after Sir James Clark Ross (see bookmark for page 9).

Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen all approached Antarctica by sledging across this great ice shelf, which Scott called ‘the Barrier’. Amundsen, riskily, moored his ship up against the cliffs of the Barrier, which could have come away from the ice mass at any time. Scott and Shackleton both moored on Ross Island.