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drift ice

[′drift ‚īs]
(oceanography)
Sea ice that has drifted from its place of formation.
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And the community's narwhal hunters, who harvest at the ice edge during the annual spring break-up, now carry small boats on their sleds to avoid being stranded on drifting ice.
But brutal winds, sub-zero temperatures, drifting ice, and hungry polar bears pose chilling threats.
Positive and negative charges in the thundercloud are separated either by drifting ice crystals or by circulating convective motions.
Following their day in the fjords, Bancroft and Arnesen will travel to Borneo Base -- a temporary camp set up on drifting ice in the Arctic Ocean -- to train April 14-24.
Not only did they use polar schooner Tara during this latest IPY to repeat the 1893-96 transpolar drift in ice by Fridtjof Nansen's Fram, but they also occupied drifting ice stations NP-35 and NP-36, in the series that started with Ivan Papanin's NP-1 pagonauts in 1937-38, a specialization inspired by Soviet experiences with sea ice during and shortly after IPY 2.
On his return, he made plans to test an idea he had concocted some years earlier that the North Pole might not actually be on a landmass (as many contemporary geographers thought) and that it might be possible to float over it on the drifting ice.
Jon Russill guided the team through -30C temperatures, past polar bears and through drifting ice fields that moved them backwards every night.
It is what Ernest Shackleton did when his ship, the Endurance, sank beneath the ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915 and he had to walk with his crew over drifting ice.
Sue was an assistant producer on The Blue Planet and Doug proposed as they sat on a slab of drifting ice, waiting for a helicopter to rescue them.
Yet, according to Dave, while the drifting ice and expanse of Arctic skies may appear monotonous to the uninitiated, to him they provide spectacular and ever-changing beauty.
Surviving on a diet of oioaked muesli, pastas and chilli along with a little chocolate, the adventurers battled drifting ice and were sometimes forced to walk around ruggedterr ain and open water, all adding nearly 100 nautical miles to what was supposed to be a 480-mile trek.
A Fisheries and Oceans Canada/Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker spent a year frozen in place only moving with the drifting ice pack, in an historic scientific expedition in the high Arctic ocean basin.