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drift ice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. drift icenoun

    masses of ice floating in the open sea

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  1. drift icenoun

    One or more floating slabs of ice which have become detached from larger sheets or shoreline glaciers and which are moved by wind or sea currents.

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  1. Drift ice

    Drift ice, also called brash ice, is sea ice that is not attached to the shoreline or any other fixed object (shoals, grounded icebergs, etc.). Unlike fast ice, which is "fastened" to a fixed object, drift ice is carried along by winds and sea currents, hence its name. When drift ice is driven together into a large single mass (>70% coverage), it is called pack ice. Wind and currents can pile up that ice to form ridges up to dozens of metres in thickness. These represent a challenge for icebreakers and offshore structures operating in cold oceans and seas.

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  1. drift ice

    Drift ice refers to ice that is floating freely on the surface of a body of water, such as a sea or an ocean, rather than being attached to the shoreline or ocean floor. It is formed from frozen seawater and moved by winds and ocean currents. The size of drift ice can range from small fragments to large ice floes. Drift ice can have significant impacts on marine navigation, climate, and wildlife.

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  1. Drift ice

    Drift ice is ice that floats on the surface of the water in cold regions, as opposed to fast ice, which is attached to a shore. Usually drift ice is carried along by winds and sea currents, hence its name, "drift ice". When the drift ice is driven together into a large single mass, it is called pack ice. Wind and currents can pile up ice to form ridges three to four metres high, creating obstacles difficult for powerful icebreakers to penetrate. Typically areas of pack ice are identified by high percentage of surface coverage by ice: e.g., 80-100%. An ice floe is a large piece of drift ice that might range from tens of metres to several kilometres in diameter. Wider chunks of ice are called ice fields. The two major ice packs are the Arctic ice pack and the Antarctic ice pack. In many areas such as the Baltic, drift ice is traditionally a seasonal event, appearing in winter and vanishing in warmer seasons. Seasonal ice drift in the Sea of Okhotsk by the northern coast of Hokkaidō, Japan has become a tourist attraction of this area with harsh climate, and is one of the 100 Soundscapes of Japan. The Sea of Okhotsk is the southernmost area in the Northern hemisphere where drift ice may be observed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of drift ice in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of drift ice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2


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