Depression of the Crust (image) CAGE - Center for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Climate and Environment Share Print E-Mail Caption The load of ice in the area during the last glacial maximum would have added significant pressure to the crust below. Depression of the crust in the area off Western Svalbard was caused by the heavy load of the ice. Credit Henry Patton/CAGE Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.