Nunataks are areas where just the summits of mountains penetrate and ice sheet or ice cap. The nunataks in this photo are actually the peaks of the massive Transantarctic mountain range of Antarctica.

Photograph by Gordon Bromley, 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.