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floe

[flō]
(oceanography)
A piece of floating sea ice other than fast ice or glacier ice; may consist of a single fragment or of many consolidated fragments, but is larger than an ice cake and smaller than an ice field. Also known as ice floe.
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The machine took eight tractor trailers to ship to FLOE.
When the rescue operation began, some of those stranded were just 300 metres form the shore but the ice floe was moving so quickly that the gap had widened to about 2-and-a-half miles from the shore by the end of the operation.
Ice fishermen routinely get stranded on ice floes in Russia, especially in the spring as the temperatures rise.
Each man was armed: Hedman with a shotgun in case of polar bear; Kemp with a pole and a rope and safety harness so he could jump safely from one ice floe to another.
A cameraman is stranded on an ice floe with a polar bear.
Stick them on an ice floe where there is little heat, no lager and no houses to burgle for a long break from civilisation to cool them down.
The captain moored the ship in some pack ice near a solid ice floe.
Now, bows, ATVs, tree stands, and almost anything else you can think of hauling on your next hunting adventure can be stored in one of Floe International's many trailer models.
In not-so-short order, he experiences a moment of passion, witnesses the ritual humiliation of a passenger, prepares for possible battle with an enemy French boat, falls in love with a young woman aboard a ship that passes in the night and nearly faces down doom with an errant ice floe.
That night, in the midst of a gale, the Polaris was abruptly freed, marooning some 19 men, women and children on the floe.