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ice-free

[′īs ¦frē]
(hydrology)
Referring to a harbor, river, estuary, and so on, when there is not sufficient ice present to interfere with navigation.
Descriptive of a water surface completely free of ice.
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Climate change will alter the extent and configuration of ice-free areas, yet the distribution and severity of these effects remain unclear," the study says.
When the Arctic is ice-free, what had been a mirror reflecting sunlight will be transformed into a solar collector, and the current planetary heating imbalance will almost double.
Resurrection Bay's year-round ice-free status and connection to the railroad and highway systems are also important draws.
Due to observed and projected climate change, scientists have concluded that the Arctic will have changed from an ice-covered environment to a recurrent ice-free (39) ocean (in summers) as soon as the late 2030s.
Mark Serreze, director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, is sticking by his Iongtime estimate of 2030 for an ice-free Arctic.
The largest part of the bloom occurred far away from the ice-free open ocean.
Holt said that Holt Logistics already has begun formulating plans to develop specific new commercial interchanges for cargo flow bound for the Baltic Sea that will benefit from the ice-free nature of Lithuania's prime seaport.
While there is uncertainty about Arctic ice extent, scientists agree that the Arctic may experience nearly ice-free summers as early as the 2030s.
From shipping lanes in an acidified, ice-free Arctic to an ice age's threat to mankind, these are a few of the events likely to befall human civilization in the next 100,000 years that will be affected by modern-day choices.
WITH the prospect of ice and snow only a few weeks away highways authorities are looking at a new way of keeping our roads ice-free.
Birkenhead Tunnel was indeed passable and ice-free last Tuesday, but the A41 at Birkenhead was at a standstill.
LONDON: Global warming will leave the Arctic Ocean ice-free during the summer within 20 years, raising sea levels and harming wildlife such as seals and polar bears, a leading British polar scientist said on Thursday.