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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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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.
An ice-free summer in the Arctic threatens polar bears and seal with habitat loss, could provoke extreme weather around the world and affect sea navigation.
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.
In fact the Naval Ice Center even had a symposium in 2001 titled, "Naval Operations in an Ice-Free Arctic," to begin discussions on this issue and its impacts on the Navy.
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.
The Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free in 30 years--60 years sooner than was previously predicted, according to a paper published last week by the American Geophysical Union.
Canada, and France, offer an historical look at sea ice change in recent years and findings from reconstructions of Arctic sea ice conditions prior to human observations, consider mechanisms responsible for sea ice sensitivity in observations and climate model simulations, examine the extent to which true threshold behavior is implicated in climate model simulations that produce a seasonally ice-free Arctic in the 21st century, and describe a new modeling approach for assessing the impact of sea ice decline on polar bears.