Few organisms can survive the barren climate of an ice cap. Many animals, however, thrive on their borders. Here, sheep graze near the Vatnajokull glacier, one of the largest ice caps in Europe.

Photograph by Graham Aufrich, MyShot
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ice cap Encyclopedic Entry

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Encyclopedic entry. An ice cap is a thick layer of ice and snow that covers large areas of land. You’ll usually find ice caps in the North and South Poles of the Earth.