Fast Ice

fast ice

[¦fast ¦īs]
Any type of sea, river, or lake ice attached to the shore (ice foot, ice shelf), beached (shore ice), stranded in shallow water, or frozen to the bottom of shallow waters (anchor ice). Also known as landfast ice.
Sea ice generally remaining in the position where originally formed and sometimes attaining a considerable thickness; it is attached to the shore or over shoals where it may be held in position by islands, grounded icebergs, or polar ice. Also known as coastal ice; coast ice.

Fast Ice


the basic form of stationary sea ice cover. The greatest accumulations of fast ice are found in the arctic and antarctic, along the rugged coasts and between islands. It forms in the late fall and remains stationary until the beginning of summer because it is frozen to the shore; in shallow water it is fastened to the bottom as well. During the winter, fast ice usually covers bays, straits, and expanses of water for several hundred km in the East Siberian Sea, Laptev Sea, and elsewhere; the ice is 2.5 to 3 m thick, sometimes thicker. In higher latitudes, fast ice lasts for several years and may become 10 to 20 m thick.

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Obviously the cold temps are going to make a hard, fast ice.
When we play major tournaments we know we're going to get swingy, fast ice so it's important we replicate those conditions when we practise.
In addition to these preparatory construction work, the planners of the web currently employs in particular the question on which the future of the four tracks fast ICE traffic should go and what tracks should be the slower metro and freight railways reserved.
The Cape Denison population could be extirpated within 20 years unless B09B relocates or the now perennial fast ice within the bay breaks out, they wrote in the research published in February.
Researchers said in Antarctic Science journal: "The arrival of B09B and subsequent fast ice expansion has dramatically increased the distance Adelie penguins breeding at Cape Denison must travel in search of food.
Emperor penguins are masters of Antarctic survival, and Weddell seals are the only air-breathing animal to make their homes under Antarctica's fast ice, or sea ice connected to the mainland.
Seal movements were most restricted during the winters with extensive fast ice (1999-2000 and 2010-11) and least restricted during the winter (2000-01) when fast ice did not form in EAG.
The coastal morphology causes a wide fast ice zone along the northern fragmented coast with many small islands, creating the asymmetry of ice conditions with the more open southern coast.
Being this far south, and far from fast ice, I'm left wondering whether the pair will make it through to next winter.
There has been no long-term continuous monitoring of Antarctica sufficient to seriously anchor the "in history" phrase; scientists simply don't know how fast ice has come and gone in the past because no direct observation was ever made.

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