rotten ice

rotten ice

[′rät·ən ¦īs]
(hydrology)
Any piece, body, or area of ice which is in the process of melting or disintegrating; it is characterized by honeycomb structure, weak bonding between crystals, or the presence of meltwater or sea water between grains. Also known as spring sludge.
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They told us up above that the bottom was dropping out of the trail and that the best thing for us to do was to lay over," Hal said in response to Thornton's warning to take no more chances on the rotten ice.
What of the thin and rotten ice he had felt under his feet all day, it seemed that he sensed disaster close at hand, out there ahead on the ice where his master was trying to drive him.
For a minute Jo stood still with a strange feeling in her heart, then she resolved to go on, but something held and turned her round, just in time to see Amy throw up her hands and go down, with a sudden crash of rotten ice, the splash of water, and a cry that made Jo's heart stand still with fear.
It's falling apart," he added, pointing to the dirty gray and brown piles of rotten ice at the edge.
This is called candle ice, a form of rotten ice that develops in columns perpendicular to the surface of the lake.
The ice you have been seeing lately, that dark gray color, is what firefighters call rotten ice," said Worcester Fire Capt.
Rotten ice denotes packs which are in the process of melting.
Lightweight 12-point crampons for use on hard snow, rotten ice and everything in between.