Floating ice shelves exert a net buttressing force on grounded ice and therefore support the stability of ice sheets. The extent of ice shelves is often limited by the formation of 10~to~100~km long, through-thickness fractures called rifts. Rifts tend to grow in length until they connect to the ice front and create a tabular iceberg.
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