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The West Ice Shelf is a prominent ice shelf extending about 288 km in an E-W direction along the Antarcticmarker coast between Barrier Baymarker and Posadowsky Bay. Discovered and named by the First German Antarctica Expedition, 1901-03, under Dr. Erich von Drygalski. The toponym describes the direction in which the German expedition first viewed the ice shelf. Their limited westward view became a prolonged one; on February 21, 1902, the ship became stuck in the ice. It remained there imprisoned by the pack until February 8, 1903.

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