Many indigenous communities have adapted to life along the border of Arctic ice caps. The Nentsy people, of northwestern Russia, have traditionally relied on reindeer herding for food and livelihood.

Photograph by Steve Raymer

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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.