ice fringe

ice fringe

[′īs ‚frinj]
(hydrology)
An ice deposit on plant surfaces, not of hoarfrost from atmospheric water vapor, but of moisture exuded from the stems of plants and appearing as frosted fringes or ribbons. Also known as ice ribbon.
(oceanography)
A belt of sea ice extending a short distance from the shore.
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The ice fringe consists of slush and small cakes and may have a width of 10 km or less with some fingers of ice extending southward for many more kilometers.
Although some spotted seals occur on the ice fringe, as well as deep into the pack, in the early spring they typically are not found in open seas or consolidated ice.
Spotted seals are more numerous than ribbon seals on the southern side of the front towards the ice fringe, but the ratios reverse towards the northern edge near the pack ice (Burns, 1970).