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    Glossary of Snow, Ice, and Permafrost Terms

    Encyclopedia Arctica Volume 1: Geology and Allied Subjects

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    Ablation (Wastage). The removal of surface waste of snow or ice due to

    melting, evaporation, wind action, or other causes. As a glacier–

    wasting process, ablation consists primarily of melting and

    evaporation; but removal by wind or loss by calving may also be

    included. Most glacier ablation is a surface process; when it

    occurs on the walls of crevasses, in tunnels, or under a glacier

    it is said to be internal (1; 47).

    Ablation, area of (Area of dissipation) . The area of a glacier, the down–

    stream section, which loses during an ablation season not only

    its cover of snow and firn but also some of the underlying ice as

    well, undergoing in consequence a net loss of substance (14; 15).

    Accumulation, area of . The area of a glacier where annually more snow accumu–

    lates than is removed by ablation, so that substance is added to

    this part of the glacier (14; 15).

    Acicular ice (Fibrous ice, Satin ice) . Formed at the bottom of ice (near

    the contact with water); consists of numerous long crystals and

    hollow tubes of variable form having layered arrangement and con–

    taining bubbles (31).

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    Active layer (Mollisol) . The top layer of frozen ground which is subject to

    alternate freezing and thawing, depending upon the season of the

    year (9; 23; 52).

    Active method of construction . Method by which permafrost is thawed and kept

    unfrozen at and near a structure (31). (See Passive method .)

    Active permafrost . Permafrost which, after having been thawed through

    natural or artificial causes, is able to return to permafrost

    under the present climate (31).

    Adfreezing strength (Congelating stress) . Resistance to the force that is

    required to pull apart two objects which adhere to one another as

    a result of the binding action of freezing. In Russian-language

    reports this term is frequently used to mean tangential adfreezing

    strength (31).

    Advance . See Glacier advance .

    Advection fog or Advective fog . The fog caused when warm moist air passes

    over a colder surface and is cooled to a temperature which pro–

    duces condensation (50).

    Agdlissartoq [E]. See Frost mound .

    Aggradation of permafrost (Pergelation) . Growth of permafrost under the

    present climate due to natural or artificial causes (31).

    Air hoar (Pogonip) . Crystals sublimed upon objects above the ground level

    or on snow surfaces (40).

    Aklavik [E]. Literally, “a place where there is a draft”; a blowhole. (An

    identical word, aklavik or aktlavik, means “a place where there

    are girrizzly bears,” Ursus richardsoni ) (47).

    Alpine glacier . See Valley glacier .

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    Amorphous snow . See Crystal, irregular .

    Anchor ice . Some use this term for all submerged ice attached to the bottom

    regardless of its mode of formation; others feel it should be

    limited to ice anchored on the bottom of streams and rivers that

    are flowing too swiftly for surface ice to form. Anchor ice is

    firmly anchored to underwater objects as differentiated from frazil

    ice which sometimes accumulates there but is only lightly attached

    (39; 47; 51a). (See Bottom ice, Depth ice .)

    Animal fog . See Biofog .

    Anniu [E]. Any kind of snow intended for melting into water for drinking or

    cooking (47). (See Water snow .)

    Anraum [G]. See Fog deposit.

    Anticyclone . See Glacial anticyclone.

    Apun [E]. Snow that has been lying on the ground long enough so it cuts

    readily with a knife or saw into blocks suitable for structures

    like windbreak walls and snowhouses. From Alaskan and northwest

    Canadian Eskimo word meaning “snow lying on the ground”; the

    southern West Greenland form is sput (47) . (See Compacted snow, Fallen

    snow, Snowcrete .)

    Aputit [E]. Blocks cut from spun ; the Coronation Gulf name for a dome-shaped

    snowhouse made of such blocks (the regular Eskimo snowhouse) (47).

    Aquifer . A water-bearing geologic formation (23).

    Arctic pack . See Polar pack .

    Areête . A knife-edged mountain ridge commonly crested with snow, formed by the

    continuous growth of cirques on opposite sides of the crest. As a

    result the mountain range develops a sharp main ridge with sharp

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    lateral spurs. In the alpine sense ar eête applies equally to a

    snow or rock ridge (15; 64).

    Asymmetrical crystal . See Crystal, irregular .

    Aufeis [G]. Heavy deposits of ice that are formed over the flood plains of

    arctic rivers. In the Alaska-Yukon section, these deposits are

    called “glaciers” by miners and even by some geologists. “Flood

    ice” and “flooding ice” have also been used (26). (See Icing .)

    Auftauboden [G]. Thawing or thawed surface soil (7). (See Active layer .)

    Avalanche . A large mass of snow and ice, or of earth, rock, etc., detached

    from its position and moving swiftly down a mountainside. A snow

    avalanche is larger than a snowslide and potentially destructive,

    whereas a snowslide is not (47; 51a).

    Avalanche tip . A hard mass at the tip formed almost instantaneously when an avalanche

    comes to rest. The kinetic energy of the avalanche hardens the

    snow by compaction, sometimes also by pressure melting and

    regelation (3; 40).

    Avalanche wind . The rush of air in front of an avalanche. “It is the swift

    downrush of dry snow rather than the more deliberate advance of

    the ground avalanche that produces in front of the descending mass

    the most remarkable examples of the 'avalanche wind’ the force of

    which, at its worst, surpasses that of any tornado. The air dis–

    placed by the avalanche rushes not only straight forward but also

    on either side, uprooting trees and causing general destruction

    hundreds of yards beyond the area reached by the avalanche itself.”


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    Baffin Bay Pack . The drifting ice west of Greenland between Davis Strait and

    the southern limits of North Water. Some authorities apply the term

    Middle Pack to the entire area. Smith considers that the West Ice ,

    which moves south along the Baffin coast, represents the backbone

    of the Baffin Bay Pack, while the Middle Pack is the outer fields

    subject to wider annual variations. The composition of the Baffin

    Bay Pack is bergs from the Greenland coast north of Disko and ocean

    ice one to several years old from the Arctic Sea or formed in Smith,

    Jones, and Lancaster sounds, as well as in Baffin Bay and around

    its shores (33; 44).

    Balling . Accumulation of lumps of snow under a ski, snowshoe, or other

    footgear, or attached to the hairs of a dog's paw (40; 47).

    Ballycadders . Salt-water ice formed along shore between the levels of high

    and low tide, thus both aground and fast to the shore. Term

    developed in Hudson Bay where in many places tides are fairly high,

    with the sea shoaling toward land so the tide flats are wide (12; 47).

    (See Ice foot .)

    Banquette coôtieère [F]. See Ice foot.

    Banquise [F]. See Pack .

    Banquise coôtieè re [F]. See Fast ice .

    Banquise iímpe éneétrable [F]. See Close ice .

    Banquise polaire [ F ]. See Polar pack .

    Banshee . See Cracking, Ice yowling .

    Barber (Berber) . A gale of wind with damp snow or sleet and spray that freezes

    upon every object, especially the beard and hair. Said to be called

    barber by wharfmen of New York. It is called barber (or berber)

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    because the snow is so shar p that, when driven by a gale, it nearly

    cuts the skin off the face. Also said to be used in Nova Scotia

    for vapor rising in cold weather from open water of rivers (53a).

    (See Frost smoke .)

    Barchans (Snow barchans) . Horseshoe-shaped or crescentic patches of snow

    (or sand), in contradistinction to ripples and long ridges. Bar–

    chans, which open downwind, do not join up to form long transverse

    structures; they are more common on extensive flat areas than in

    mountains. The word is of Russian origin and is applied to the

    action of wind on sand in central Asia deserts (40).

    Barrage . See Ice barrage .

    Barrier or Barrieère [F]. See Ice cliff, Shelf ice .

    Barrier berg . See Tabular iceberg .

    Bay ( Ice bay ). An indentation of the ice edge caused by winds and currents (55).

    Bay ice ( Glace de baies [ F ], Led bukht [R], Zalivayi led [R]). This term

    should be discarded, for its precision has been lost [ ?] through

    its being used for young ice, fast ice, level ice, winter ice, as

    well as for any ice formed in a bay, fjord, or gulf. In the Antarctic

    the term has been used at times for heavy land floes.

    Belt ( Poias [R], Polosa lda [R]). A strip of cakes, floes, or fields of ice

    of such extent that its lengthwise limits cannot be seen from the

    crow's-nest (47).

    Bending . The first behavior stage of ice under pressure. Considerable bend–

    ing is observed only with salt-water ice and only if it is thin

    (young) enough to be pliable (47). (See Hummocking, Rafting ,

    Screwing, Tenting .)

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    Berber . See Barber .

    Beregovoi pripai [R]. See Landfast ice .

    Berg . See Iceberg .

    Bergschrund . A deep crevasse at the head of a mountain glacier which separates

    the virtually motionless firm and underlying ice attached to the

    head wall from the firn field of the glacier on the down-valley

    side (14).

    Bergy bit . In current American usage, a small growler ; according to European

    usage, a large piece of glacier ice rising 8 to 16 feet above the

    surface of the sea (7; 45; 66). (See Calved ice .)

    Bergy hole . Area near southern end of Melville Bay that usually contains

    large numbers of icebergs (47).

    Beset (Bloqueé [F], Claveé [F]). Beset is used of a vessel so closely surrounded

    by sea ice that control of her movements is lost (47). (See Nipping .)

    Bight . An indentation in shelf ice, fast ice, or a floe (57). (See Bay .)

    Big Lead, The . Name given by Peary to a belt of loose ice and open water

    which he believed to be fairly constant and to be found north of

    Ellesmere Island and Greenland between 84° and 85° N.; he observed

    it between 60° and 40° W. at never over three miles in width but

    believed it would be wider farther east, because of the greater

    difference in eastward speed of the ice north of the “lead” as

    compared with the ice south of it (47; 70).

    Biofog ( Human and animal fog ). Fog created at low temperatures by the moist

    warmth of people or animals, and by human activities such as cooking.

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    Extreme possible density under natural outdoor conditions is

    probably that reported from the Pole of Cold in Siberia where a

    reindeer tethered at −90°F. was invisible from leeward at 10 feet.

    Villages, where cooking and similar activities are added to the

    steaming of people and beasts, may have only one margin visible

    to flyers unless they are looking almost vertically down through

    the biofog (47). (See Contrail .)

    Birktok [E]. See Blizzard .

    Bit . A single piece of ice less than 2 feet in diameter (47). (See Brash ,


    Bityi led [R]. See Broken ice .

    Black and white iceberg . Iceberg having a dark portion containing sand and

    stones, and separated from the white portion by a definite clear–

    cut plane; dark portion water-worn into smoothly rounded surface (57).

    Black frost . See Frost, black .

    Black ice . Thin dark-appearing salt-water ice without snow covering (see ice

    rind ); an early stage in the xx development of young ice when the

    top of it is so wet with brine that, even in very cold weather,

    the salt melts any light snow as it falls. In a heavy snowfall,

    or with drifting snow, this ice will get covered up and then presents

    the greatest of hazards to men afoot or to airplanes seeking a safe

    landing. This term is also used to describe new ice on fresh water

    (39; 47; 66).

    Blinchatyi led [R]. See Pancake ice .

    Blink ( Otblesk [R]). The reflection in a clouded sky from anything below

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    that is light in color, like snow or ice, or a source of light,

    such as a camp fire, prairie fire, lighted city; the lighter por–

    tions of the sky map (47). (See Color sky, Glare .)

    Blizzard ( Birktok [E], Chasse-neige [F], Purga [R]). A strong wind (usually

    not very cold and with or without falling snow) before which the

    snow drifts so high and thick that it is difficult or impossible

    to tell whether the sky is clear or clouded. A true blizzard

    differs from equally strong or even stronger snow - carrying local

    gales (gales produced or focused by topography) in being of

    larger extent and no doubt generally of cyclonic nature. Some

    authorities, among them Petterssen, feel the term blizzard should

    not be used except when one thinks there is or may be some snow

    falling (47). (See Buran, Burga, Drift, Snowstorm .)

    Block . A small piece of ice (47). (See Cake .)

    Blocky iceberg . An iceberg having a nearly horizontal surface and steep

    sides (47).

    Bloqueé [F]. See Beset .

    Blowhole ( Aklavik [E]). A topographic configuration that funnels wind to

    create a local wind strong enough to carry snow into the air;

    an open water spot in desne pack where whales, especially beluga,

    gather because they cannot come up to blow elsewhere in the neigh–

    borhood (47; 62). (See Breathing hole .)

    Bodeneis [G]. See Ground ice .

    Boorga . See Burga .

    Boring ( Forage [F], Slewing ). Forcing a vessel steadily through ice under

    power of engine or sail so as to progress by pushing adjacent floes

    apart (47). (See Ramming .)

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    Botner [S]. See Cirque .

    Bottom ice ( Deposited ice ). Depth ice that has reached and clung to the

    bottom (47). (See Anchor ice .)

    Bourguignons [F]. See Brash .

    Brae [D]. See Glacier .

    Brash or Brash ice ( Bourguignons [F], Debris ice, Glace briseée [F], Melkobityi

    led [R], Mush, Razdroblennyi led [R], Sarrazins [F]).

    of sludge with small fragments that are wreckage of other ice forms;

    also used, even when sludge is absent, for a hodgepodge of small

    ice fragments, say up to 6 feet in diameter, if they have a water–

    logged appearance. Sometimes called slob ice (47; 66).

    Brash cakes ( Sludge cakes ). Ice cakes formed by the refreezing of brash, or

    brash and sludge (47).

    Brash floes ( Sludge floes ). Floes formed by the freezing together of brash

    cakes or just by the freezing of brash (47).

    Bre [N]. See Glacier.

    Break-up ( Ledokhod [R]). The time at which, and conditions under which,

    laymen consider that winter has definitely turned the corner into

    summer. The ice on rivers breaks and starts moving with the cur–

    rent; lakes are no longer crossable afoot; the frozen mud has become

    soft; and most of the snow is gone (47). (See the opposite term

    Freeze-up .)

    Breathing hole . A hole in sea ice for breathing purposes kept open through

    gnawing by a seal that lives beneath it in the water. The hole,

    anything from dime to half-dollar size, is usually covered more

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    or less deeply by snow (except in warm weather) and the seal

    breathes air that filters through the snow (47).

    Brine flowers . The encrustation of salt upon the upper surface of young

    ice (so named in analogy to frost roses). Brine flowers are

    conspicuous only when the cold is intense and the ice a few

    inches thick; a fall of snow upon a brine-flower crust causes it

    to turn liquid, producing a slush layer between the snow and

    the ice (47.)

    Brine slush . Slush that cannot quite turn to ice because of high salt

    content; most commonly found between young ice and its fluffy

    cover of recent snow. At low temperatures a salt crust begins

    forming on top of young ice when it is 2 or more inches thick

    (before which the top side of the forming ice has been covered

    with liquid brine). This salt crust becomes drier to the feel

    both with thickening of the young ice and with a drop in tempera–

    ture; but upon the blanketing of the ice with a considerable

    fall of new snow, the salt crust melts and forms a layer of

    brine between the young ice and the snow. At around −50°F. air

    temperature, with 6 or 8 inches of new-fallen snow, there may be

    half an inch or more of liquid or creamy slush separating the dry

    snow above from 6 and even 10 inches of forming ice (47). (See

    Ice flowers, Salt crust .)

    Broken belt . The outer fringe of polar ice, consisting of scattered floes

    and cakes; it may be many miles broad (47).

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    Broken ice ( Bityl led [R]). Ice consisting of scattered cakes and floes

    (47). (See Brash .)

    Bucking . See Ramming .

    Bulguniakh [R]. Usually used synonymously with hydrolaccolith, but sometimes

    just any medium-sized mound (31).

    Buran [R]. A violent northeast snow-carrying storm of the central or south–

    central plains of the Soviet Union; the equivalent of the purga

    of the northern Soviet plains and the blizzard of the North Amer–

    ican prairies (53a).

    Burga ( Boorga ). This is a Russian loan word in the Eskimo-White jargon of

    western Alaska — a mispronunciation of the Russian purga and

    signifying a blizzard (53a).

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    Cake . A relatively flat piece of ice, smaller than a floe (47). (See

    Bergy bit, Bit, Glacçon, Growler.)

    Calf . A piece of ice broken off from the front of a glacier or barrier;

    sometimes used of a piece breaking off from large berg (47).

    Calf ice or Calved ice . A low-lying piece of glacier ice, less than 16

    feet above the surface of the sea (47). (See Bergy bit, Growler .)

    Calving ( Shchenki [R], Velaâge [F]). The breaking away of a mass of ice

    from a parent berg, glacier, or barrier (47).

    Candle ice (Needle ice, Penknife ice). Long crystals formed in freshwater

    ice, or in salt ice that has become fresh. These are vertical (at

    right angles to the surface of the water). Their tips are sharp

    and will cut shoe leather and the pads of dogs’ feet. Markham

    implies that this formation was first described in England in 1827

    by Parry who called it “penknife ice.” Apparently candling does

    not take place as long as snow shields the ice from the direct sun.

    When the candling extends all the way through the ice, to the water

    below, it is easy to drive a slender though blunt rod all the way

    through. Chunks of river ice thrown up on a bank during break-up

    will candle rapidly in direct sunlight and will then collapse at a

    light blow, as from a cane, into a heap of candles (27; 47).

    Canopying . Interlocking of plumes and flakes of snow (40).

    Capillary fringe . The zone immediately above the water table in which water

    is held above the groundwater level by capillarity (31).

    Capillary interstices . Openings small enough to produce appreciable capillary

    rise (31).

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    Capillary water . Water that is retained in the capillary interstices of the

    [ ?] ground and is capable of movement through capillary action. It

    may remain unfrozen at the lowest permafrost temperatures. Also

    water retained by capillary action in wet snow and wet ice (3; 31).

    Cat ice ( Shell ice ). Thin ice from under which the water has receded (63).

    Cave-in lake ( Kettle lake, Kettle-hole lake ). A lake formed in a caved-in

    depression produced by the thawing of ground ice (31).

    Ceinture des glace [F]. See Ice foot .

    Champ de glace [F]. See Ice field .

    Channel . See Lead .

    Chasse-neige [F]. See Blizzard .

    Chattermarks . Scars made in series by vibratory glacial chipping. They were

    named in analogy with a machinist’s chattermark, which results when

    a tool, not firmly held, plows across a piece of metal. They are

    not friction cracks, for they possess no fracture (15).

    Chinese walls . See Ice cliff .

    Chistaia voda [R]. See Open water .

    Ciel d’eau [F]. See Water sky .

    Cirque ( Botner [S], Cwm [W], Kar [G]). A rock amphitheater with steeply rising

    walls formed by headward glacial erosion. It may or may not contain

    a glacier (14; 30; 57). (See Cirque glacier .)

    Cirque glacier . A glacier that occupies a cirque (14).

    Clart e é des glaces [F]. See Iceblink .

    Clav e é [F]. See Beset .

    Clearing ( Progalina [R]). A roundish opening in the ice with a maximum width

    of a few hundred yards. A larger opening may be called a big

    clearing (47). (See Hole, Polynia .)

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    Climatic snow line . The level above which snow accumulates indefinitely on

    flat surfaces fully exposed to sun and wind. As such surfaces are

    absent in most mountain regions, the climatic snow line is little

    more than a theoretical concept, while the regional snow line is

    an observable thing (28).

    Closed system . A condition of freezing of the ground under confined condi–

    tions where no additional supply of groundwater is available (31; 62).

    Close ice or Close pack ( Banquise imp e é n e é trable [F], Gustoi led [R], Splochennyi

    led [R].
    Ice so closely packed that it covers 70 to 90% of the

    sea surface; navigation is difficult or impossible (47).

    Cloud map . See Sky map .

    Coastal hummock or Coastal pressure ridge ( Pribrezhnyi toros [R]). Hummock

    or ridge formed when floating ice is thrust against the edge of land

    ice, the slabs of ice piling up onto each other in varied positions

    (6; 47).

    Coastal ice ( Glace c o ô ti e è re [F]). All ice formations existing between land

    and sea on the coast, regardless of origin (57). (See Fast ice ,

    Glacier tongue, Ice foot, Ledianoi zabereg, Shelf ice .)

    Coast ice . See Fast ice .

    Col . A col is formed where two cirques enlarging toward each other cut

    through the ridge that separates them, producing a sharp-edged gap

    with a smoothly curved vertical profile. Many alpine passes have

    this origin (15).

    Cold content . The amount of heat, in calories, which is necessary to raise

    the temperature of a snow column of 1-sq.cm. section to 0°C. without

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    melting the snow. This amount depends on the thickness and

    density of the snow column, and the temperatures within the

    column (3; 32).

    Cold poles . See Poles of cold .

    Collar ice . See Ice foot .

    Color sky or Colored sky . Reflection in clouds of colored portions of the

    landscape beneath them, as pink or orange from pink snow, yellow

    or straw color from grass showing through the snow on a winter prairie

    (47). (See Sky map .)

    Column . A snow crystal in the form of a short, hexagonal prism with either

    plane, pyramidal, or truncated ends. (Length/diameter less than

    5.) (48)

    Columnar frost . Extrusions of ice column s that grow from swampy ground,

    formed by the freezing of water emerging from claylike soil.

    Growth is at the interface between ice and land (39).

    Combined water . Water of solid solution and water of hydration that does not

    freeze (3; 31).

    Compacted snow . Naturally compacted snow is produced by action of blizzards

    or other strong winds; artificially compacted snow results from

    pressure or pounding applied to new or pulverized snow, as by

    rubbing soft snow gently into the crevices of a snowhouse, pressing

    soft snow down by tread of men or animals, or intentionally stamping

    it down with feet or instruments, or by action of skis and sledge

    runners. Compacting also results from reworking snow, harrow fashion,

    once or oftener. Compacted snow hardens gradually afterward, the

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    time element in the process reminding of the hardening of cement

    into concrete, hence snow concrete or snowcrete (33; 47; 51a).

    Compact ice ( Glace compacte [F], Sploshnoi led [R]). Continuous, although

    broken, drift ice with few indications of open water to be seen

    from a vantage point, such as the masthead (47).

    Concrete . See Icecrete, Snowcrete .

    Concussion crack . See Shock crack .

    Condensation . Process by which vapor becomes a liquid or a solid, for

    instance, the change of liquid water into dew or rime (53a).

    Condensation nucleus . A particle upon which condensation of water vapor

    begins in the free atmosphere (53a).

    Condensation trail . See Contrail .

    Confetti ice . See Spicule fog .

    Confluent ice . Ice sheets formed by the coalescence of ice tongues from

    several glaciers (47). (See Piedmont glacier .)

    Congelating stress . See Adfreezing strength .

    Congelifraction . F or ro st splitting or f or ro st riving (9).

    Congeliturbation . Frost action including frost heaving and differential and

    mass movements; includes solifluction, sludging, etc. (9).

    Cong e è re [F]. See Snowdrift .

    Conglomerated pack . High hummocky floes interspersed with icebergs; not

    navigable unless by powerful icebreakers (47).

    Conglomeratic ice ( Ice conglomerate ). When one floe grinds along another,

    the irregular edges of the floes are so ground that the motion

    takes place along a nearly straight line. The blocks of ice are

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    gradually crushed into small fragments, so that a mixture of

    boulders of ice in a groundmass of slush is formed along the line

    separating the moving and stationary ice. When the floes sepa–

    rate, the ice conglomerate is often left with a vertical wall to

    mark the former plane of motion. This kind of ice, especially

    when found as a component of the East Ice, is sometimes in error

    referred to as paleocrystic ice (26; 43; 44; 45; 47).

    Consolidated pack . The heaviest form of pack, containing much pressure ice,

    and appearing entirely devoid of water spaces when seen from a

    vantage, such as a shore observation spot or a crow’s-nest (47).

    Constant soil congelation . See Permafrost .

    Continental glacier . Glacier covering very large areas, such as Greenland

    and the Antarctic (1; 15). (See Ice sheet, Inland ice .)

    Contrail . A trail of fog or mist left behind in cold weather by a moving

    person, running beast, flying bird, or machine, such as motorcar

    or airplane. In all but the machines, this mist is produced by

    the moisture from breathing, insensible perspiration, and sweating;

    with machines some of the fog no doubt is from the combustion

    processes, but it is considered that when air is supersaturated

    with respect to ice, crystals of it are generated in vortices

    produced by propeller tips and the leading edges of airplane wings.

    (However, if that be so, bullets should produce contrails, which

    does not appear to have been reported.) (39; 47) (See Biofog .)

    Cooking snow . See Water snow .

    Cornice . Snow or ice overhanging the lee slope of rocks or ice cliffs; the

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    formation is produced primarily by wind but plastic deformation

    may also be a factor (14; 40; 64; 65).

    Cornice face . The underside of the overhanging portion of a cornice (64).

    Cornice roof . The snow surface between the cornice root and the cornice

    face. In rounded cornices the roof is continued round as far

    as the farthest overhanging point of the cornice at which point

    the face commences (40).

    Cornice root . The union between the snow deposit forming a cornice and the

    snow of the ridge or mountainside on which it stands (40).

    Cornice scarp . The steep snow slope (usually of about 52-1/2*) under the

    face of a snow cornice (40).

    Corn snow . Granular form of snow which develops by cycles of successive

    freezing and thawing (39). (See Spring snow, Water snow .)

    Corrie . A very small cirque which is isolated on the side of a canyon or

    hill and is not directly t ir ri butary to a valley (42).

    Crack ( Treshchina [R]). A narrow fissure in ice, hard snowbank, or frozen

    earth; in floating sea ice it usually results from the action of

    winds or currents, on lakes or land usually from a drop in tempera–

    ture. Ordinarily sledge travelers at sea speak of a crack if a man

    can jump over it but of a lead if he cannot jump across. Sailors

    sometimes use crack to denote a lead too narrow for a ship’s passage.

    Among others, there are shock, shear, pressure, temperature, and

    tidal cracks (47; 57). (See Promoina .)

    Cracking . Occurs in frozen land or in ice that is shrinking because of a drop

    in temperature. The resulting noise is no doubt really loud at

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    times in sea ice, but is there frequently obscured by other noises;

    so the cracking is usually reported only from lakes, rivers, or land.

    From land and rivers the noise is usually described as comparable to

    a pistol shot, for the crack is relatively short and the noises from

    all parts of each come to the listening ear nearly simultaneously.

    But when the ice of a wide lake is involved, the split may be sev–

    eral or many miles in length, the sounds from different distances

    arriving at different times, producing what has been called ice

    banshee or ice yowling (47).

    Creaking . The noise made by sledges, especially if metal-shod and heavily

    loaded, as they are dragged over snow. Other things being equal,

    the creaking is louder the colder the day; the experienced sledger

    can guess tempera t ure roughly by the loudness and other traits of

    the creaking (47).

    Cream ice ( Ice-cream ice ). Young ice, usually less than 3 inches thick, which

    contains so many honeycomb-like cells filled with unfrozen brine

    that a piece of it splashes or flattens like ice cream if dropped

    on a hard surface (47).

    Creeping snow . Snow “creeps,” slides slowly downhill, when it lies on a steep

    slope and has become partly befirned. The tensile stresses caused

    by creeping are among the main causes of avalanches (3; 40).

    Crevasse . A fissure or [ ?] rift in glaciers, shelf ice, or other land-ice forma–

    tions (47).

    Crevasse hoar . Sublimed crystals found in crevasses or in other hollows or

    crevices below the snow surface (40).

    Crimson snow . See Pink snow .

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    Cristaux de glace [F]. See Ice crystals .

    Critical moisture content . Maximum amount of interstitial water which, when

    converted into ice, will fill all the available pore space of the

    ground (31).

    Crusts, breakable and unbreakable . To a skier, a crust is a layer of hard

    snow developed above a softer layer. Breakable crust is any kind

    of crust which breaks under weight of a laden ski. Although

    this will vary according to several factors, among them the weight

    of the skier and his skill, nevertheless it gives an idea of the

    condition of the snow. Unbreakable crusts are those which support

    a skier. Crusts are occasionally referred to as bearing or non–

    bearing in reference to the man on foot (40). (See Glitter .)

    Cryoconite holes . See Dust holes .

    Cryology . That subdivision of hydrology which relates to snow and ice (49).

    Cryopedology . The science of intensive frost action and permanently frozen

    ground, including studies of the processes and their occurrence

    and also the engineering devices which may be invented to avoid

    or overcome difficulties induced by them [ ?] .

    Cryoplanation . Land reduction by the processes of intensive frost action,

    i.e., congeliturbation including solifluction and accompanying

    processes of translation of congelifracts. Includes the work of

    rivers and streams in transporting materials delivered by the

    above processes (9).

    Crystal, irregular . A snow crystal which has grown in random directions. It

    may have the appearance of a combination of microscopic crystals

    or its structure may be concealed by a coating of rime which gives

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    it an opaque appearance. Nakaya has used the term “amorphous snow,”

    and Schaefer, the term “asymmetrical c yr ry stal” to describe this form

    of snow (48).

    Crystal fog . See Spicule fog .

    Crystocrene . Surface masses of ice formed each winter by the overflow of

    springs. In Alaska and the Yukon such ice is often called a

    glacier (31; 47). (See Aufeis, Icing .)

    Crystosphene . Mass or sheet of ice developed by a wedging growth between

    beds of other material; a form of ground ice (31).

    Cul-de-sac . An area of disturbed floating sea ice from which there is no

    egress for a vessel (57).

    Cwm [W]. See Cirque .

    Cygne [F]. Icebergs that have been worn thin and whose long necks resemble

    the cygne (cygn a e t) or swan (61).

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    Dauerfrostboden [G]. See Permafrost .

    Dead glacier . See Stagnant glacier .

    Debacle . The spring break-up of ice in rivers (47). (See Ice Jam .)

    Debris ice . See Brash .

    Deep-seated swelling . Swelling of ground caused by the freezing of freely

    percolating groundwater (31).

    Degradation of permafrost . Disappearance of the permafrost due to natural

    or artificial causes (31).

    Dendrite, spatial . A feathery type of snow crystal having branches which

    are not in one plane. It may have a stellar base on which secondary

    branches which are not in the base plane have formed, or it may

    have branches radiating from its center (48).

    Depergelation . The act or process of thawing permanently frozen ground (9).

    Deposited ice . See Bottom ice .

    Depth hoar . Sublimed crystals, usually of cupped shape, found among the

    snow or forming layers inside or at the base of the snow cover.

    Depth hoar is a snow type (3; 40).

    Depth ice . Small particles of ice formed below the surface of the sea when

    it is both sufficiently chilled and sufficiently churned up by wave

    action. Some of the particles may go far enough down to touch

    bottom, where they adhere and become bottom ice. In other cases,

    the particles freeze together as they touch each other, become thus

    enlarged, and finally rise to the surface (68). (See Anchor ice .)

    Depth of seasonal change . See Level of zero annual amplitude .

    Diamond dust . A minute, simple, crystalline form of sublimed water vapor

    that falls out of a clear sky (40).

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    Dirty ice . Drifting sea ice which was formed at or near a shore and which

    has broken up to carry abroad with it enough wind-deposited or

    landslide-deposited sand or earth so that from a distance the

    floes look dark. Sometimes these floes, particularly if hummocky,

    are mistaken from a distance for partly snow-covered land (47).

    (See Landslide debris .)

    Dissipation, area of . See Ablation, area of .

    Distributary glacier . An ice stream which diverges laterally from a main

    trunk glacier and forms a separate terminus (14).

    Disturbed ice . Any land ice which is broken by pressure into a chaotic pat–

    tern of elevations and depressions (47).

    Drain hole . Hole through which the (usually fresh) thaw water on top of sea

    ice flows down to join the sea beneath. These holes speed up the

    thawing and the break-up of the ice, for they enlarge rapidly. The

    drainage a pertures may have been seal breathing holes originally,

    or they may have caused by dark objects (such as fox or bear

    excrement, dead fish, pieces of seaweed) that turn sunlight into

    heat when the rays strike them, making pits, some of which finally

    perforate the ice and become drainage vents (46). (See Breathing

    hole, Dust hole .)

    Drift . Wind-driven snow, both falling and fallen, in motion along the surface,

    sometimes rising to heights of 100 feet or more; snow lodged in the

    vicinity of surface irregularities under the influence of the wind.

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    Also the motion of sea ice or vessels resulting from ocean currents

    (3; 47). (See Blizzard, Snowstorm .)

    Drift ice ( Glaces de d e é rive [F], Plavun [R], Redkii led [R]). The Inter–

    national Ice Patrol uses this term to describe all sea ice that

    is not fast, regardless of the per cent of cover. Many writers

    use it to mean a very open pack where water predominates over ice.

    The floes are usually smaller than in close or open pack, with

    much rotten ice and brash; vessels usually can pass through it

    without altering course or speed. Known also as sailing ice .

    Zubov defines drift ice as all sea ice that intervenes, in space,

    between the landfast or shore ice and the pack; he estimates this

    to cover 10 to 15% of total Arctic Sea area in late winter, as com–

    pared with 15 or 20% for shore ice and about 70% for pack ice.

    Drift ice is in constant movement, being partly destroyed during

    summer, partly surviving and freezing into next winter’s ice. It

    is thought of as not being a permanent component of the pack.

    Drift ice is usually penetrable by ships in summer; pack ice (Soviet

    style) is not (45; 47; 66; 68; 69).

    Drivis [N]. See Pack .

    Dry permafrost . Permanently frozen ground with temperature below 0°C. but

    containing no ice (31).

    Duff . The vegetable matter which covers the ground in the forest, as leaves,

    twigs, dead logs, etc., and is influential in preserving permafrost

    (31). (See Muck .)

    Dust holes ( Cryoconite holes ). Small slender pits or perforations near the

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    edges of glaciers or in sea ice that is or has been near land.

    These are produced when heat is generated by sunlight striking

    dark particles that rest on the whiter ice, whereupon the heated

    particles, up to pebble size, sink down into the ice. The reverse

    effect may be produced if large pebbles are involved, for they act

    as insulators (47; 53a). (See Mushroom pillars .)

    Dyra [R]. See Hole .

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    Earth mound . See Frost mound .

    East Ice . This ice comes drifting south from the Arctic Sea through the gap

    between Greenland and Spitsbergen, moves along the East Greenland

    coast, around Cape Farewell, and up the southern west coast. It

    is composed of paleocrystic and other floes which get broken into

    smaller sizes as they crowd through the Greenland-Spitsbergen gap,

    south of which they are joined by icebergs from Greenland glaciers,

    as well as by locally formed sea ice. It is important to note,

    however, that to Norwegians, East Ice is the ice in Barents Sea,

    and West Ice, the ice off eastern Greenland (47; 51).

    Eau de neige [F]. See Snow-water pool .

    Eaux libres [F]. See Open water .

    Eisbank [G]. See Fast ice .

    Eisberg [G]. See Iceberg .

    Eiseblink [G]. See Iceblink .

    Eisboden [G]. See Frozen ground .

    Eisbrei [G]. See Ice fat .

    Eisfeld [G]. See Ice field .

    Eis im Boden [G]. See Ground ice .

    Eiskristallen [G]. See Ice crystals .

    Eisrinde [G]. See Ice rind .

    Embacle . A heaping up of ice following a renewed freezing (6).

    Ever-frozen soil . See Permafrost .

    Expanded foot glacier . Glacier with an expanded terminal section outside the

    confining walls of a valley (14). (See Foot glacier .)

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    Fallen snow . Snow after it has reached the ground; all snow between the

    stages of the snowflake on one side and firn and glacier ice on

    the other (40). (See Apun .)

    Fann [D]. See Fonn, Snowdrift .

    Fast ice ( Banquise c o ô tiere [F], Coast ice, Eisbank [G], Festeis [G], Glace

    ferm e é e [F], Glace fixe [F], Küsteneis [G], Landfast ice, Land

    floe, Pripai [R], Shore ice, Zabereg [R]).
    Stretches of unbroken

    sea ice attached on one or more sides to land or to stranded

    hummocks or bergs. It usually breaks up before the end of summer.

    When thick ice of this nature drifts away it forms land floes

    (66; 67). (See Ledianoi zabereg, Running ice .)

    Festeis [G]. See Fast ice .

    Fibrous ice . See Acicular ice .

    Field . See Ice field .

    Field ice . Formerly synonymous with consolidated pack. Now used by Inter–

    national Ice Patrol and many others for sea ice sighted on Grand

    Banks and in other southerly regions; when extent is considered

    limited the reference is to patches of field ice (43; 66).

    Film crust . A layer of very thin, clear ice found on the top of wet snow,

    but separated from it by an air space and supported by the high

    points of the irregular snow surface. It is formed by sublimation

    of vapor rising from the wet snow by diffusion. It forms only in

    calm, clear weather, with high temperature contrasts between night

    and day. Sometimes the film protects the snow below from thawing

    (3; 40).

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    Fine aggregate ice . Ice formed by freezing of stirred water (31).

    Fire hole . A hole kept open through the sea, lake, or river ice so that

    water may be available in case of fire (4).

    Firn ( Firn snow, N e é v e é ). Snow, compacted by thermal variations, in transition

    from soft snow to glacier ice; it is said to be befirned when its

    density reaches about 0.4. Also the accumulation area of a glacier.

    Formerly the terms n e é v e é and firn were interchangeable but Seligman

    suggests using firn to indicate snow particles in the befirned con–

    dition and n e é v e é to indicate the moving mass of firn snow situated

    in the area of accumulation of a glacier. However, Sharp suggests

    firn field as better than the latter usage. Firn derives from

    Middle High German virne meaning old, last year’s (10; 40; 42; 64).

    Firn cement . Ice originating from a film of thaw water surrounding grains

    of new firn snow which cements them firmly together (40).

    Firn field ( N e é v e é field, N e é v e é slope ). Ahlmann describes this as an immovable

    mass of firn formed by the recrystallization of solid precipita–

    tion, which consequently does not include the firn areas of the

    glaciers. [ ?] Sharp and others, however, define it as a perennial

    snow field or slope of firn snow (according to its gradient), above

    the firn or n e é v e é (3; 40).

    Firnification . The process of metamorphism of new snow to firn (3; 40).

    Firn line or limit ( N e é v e é line ). The highest level to which the fresh snow

    cover on a glacier’s surface retreats during the melting season.

    Glen suggests that there are two firn lines: climatological and

    temporary. The first represents that altitude at which previous

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    climatological conditions have balanced accumulation against

    ablation and at which the firn cover of the accumulation area

    is found to begin. The second represents that altitude at which

    any one year’s accumulation and ablation may balance (16; 28).

    Firn snow . See Firn .

    Firn snow, advanced . Snow (the alpine Firnschnee ) of a more solid structure

    than new firn snow and therefore of greater de sn ns ity. Advanced

    firn snow is generally found in the areas of accumulation of

    glaciers (40).

    Firn snow, dry granular . Firn snow so situated below the surface that it

    is impossible for it to be subjected to melting, the crystals

    lying loose and friable, rather resembling rice grains. It is

    called Kornschnee in the Alps (40).

    Firn snow, new . This is the verfirnter Schnee of alpine nomenclature. It

    lies with its grains fairly loose; but as it grows old the grains

    become more and more firmly held together by a “cement” of ice

    originating from a film of thaw water surrounding them (40).

    Fissure polygons ( Mud polygon ). Polygonal areas of ground separated from

    each other by grooves or fissures. Includes “tundra” polygons

    and mudflat polygons (30).

    Fjord ice ( Glace de fjords [F]). Level ice originating in fjords (66).

    Flacheis [G]. See Level ice .

    Flaques d’eau c o ô ti e è res [F]. See Offshore water .

    Flaw . Term used by Yankee shore whalers in two senses: (1) the outer edge

    of the landfast ice; (2) the shore lead, just outside the fast ice ,

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    along which whales migrate (especially on the northwest coast

    of Alaska, between Point Hope and Point Barrow) (47).

    Floe ( Obloaki polei [R]). Mobile sea ice, the limits of which are within

    sight; larger than pancake but smaller than field. One size

    classification (Maurstad’s) is: small floe if less than 0.1

    mile in diameter; floe or medium floe if from 0.1 to 0.5 mile;

    big floe if from 0.5 mite almost to field size. For thickness,

    floes are usually called: light if less than 2 feet; medium

    from 2 to 6 feet; heavy above that thickness. Floes from 7 to

    12 feet thick, if formed by direct freezing, are from one to

    several years old; but great thickness may be acquired by younger

    floes through hummocking, rafting, or the conversion of snow

    into ice by way of an intermediary slush stage (47; 57; 66).

    Floe belt . The area inside the broken belt (47).

    Floeberg ( Nesiak [R]). A massive piece of sea ice or hummock (a berg in

    appearance but a floe in origin) (66).

    Floe ice . Extensive area of sea covered with floes of various sizes;

    differs from a field in that, from the masthead, open water

    patches can be seen here and there (47).

    Flood or Flooding . A sheet of water on top of river ice; the expression

    covers both the process and the end product. The cause of flood–

    ing is usually that the stream freezes to the bottom at a shallow

    place or jams with frazil ice ; the pressure of the water thus

    dammed back finally causes a break in the ice somewhere upstream

    and the river flows on top of its own ice. The flood may extend

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    miles underneath deep snow without enough water soaking up into it

    to snow. Under the snow blanket the water may remain unfrozen for

    several days, even in the coldest weather; if the water soaks all

    the way up through the snow, freezing proceeds rapidly (47).

    Flood ice . See Aufeis .

    Flottage [F]. See Rafting .

    Flower ice . See Ice flowers .

    Fluff . See New snow .

    Foam crust . A snow crust which appears as small, overlapping waves, [ ?] like sea

    foam. First described by Lunn, it is formed by sun evaporation

    similar to that which occurs in the formation of perforated crust .

    Plowshares are an intensified from of foam crust (40).

    Foam volcano . A structure consisting of frozen foam produced when foam is

    extruded from holes in an ice-locked stream, due to water-created

    air pressure. The volcano generally consists of a hollow cone or

    cylinder which, under special conditions, has been known to reach

    a height of 13 feet and a diameter of 15 inches. They are usually

    conical until about 15 inches high, after which they become cylin–

    drical. Foam volcanoes generally occur on streams having water–

    falls, and only when the water contains surface-active materials (39).

    Fog, advection, bio -, ground, ice, spicule, supercooled . See Advection fog ,

    Biofog, etc.

    Fog deposit . A mixture of fallen snowflakes and frozen fog droplets; has been

    called rime and Anraum (40).

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    Fonn [D and N]. Eternal snow (seemingly from Old Norse Fönn which means deep

    snow, large snowdrift). In some Norwegian proper names it is used

    to denote glacier, as Folgefonnen, etc. (47; 51).

    Foot glacier . The term “foot” is applied to any single glacier whose terminal

    portion expands in lobate form over level or gently sloping terrain


    Forage [F]. See Boring .

    Fossil ice . See Ground ice .

    Frazil or Frazil ice . Fine, disk-shaped, free-floating ice particles which

    are formed in waters too turbulent to permit the formation of an

    ice sheet, and may gather on the surface or on underwater structures.

    It is the ice formation that causes trouble at the intake of hydro–

    electric plants and also at times produces underwater dams in

    rivers, which may lead to river flooding. This is a French-Canadian

    term derived from the French frazil meaning cinders. Frazil crystals

    apparently were taken to resemble the cinders from a forge (6; 39;

    47; 51a).

    Free water . In snow, the term means liquid water. In permafrostology, it is

    interstitial gravity water which is usually considered to freeze at

    normal temperature, 0°C.; according to Bouyoucos it freezes first

    at the supercooling of −1.5°C. (3; 31).

    Freeze . The condition and the result when the whole air mass over a wide

    area remains below the thaw point long enough to be the character–

    istic feature of the weather. A freeze is longer and more severe

    than a black frost but not long or severe enough to be the freeze-up


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    Freeze-up ( Ledostav [R]). The time at which, and conditions under which,

    laymen consider that winter has set in. The farmer can no longer

    plow his field, the canoeist is unable to paddle along the river,

    most of even the hardier vegetables are frost-blighted. To the

    arctic traveler, it is the time when the hardened mud no longer

    sticks to his boots, when he can cross river and lake by ice, and

    when the use of the sledge begins (47). (See the opposite term

    Break-up .)

    Freezing point . See Melting point .

    Freezing rain . A rain that partly freezes on striking objects and forms

    on them a smooth coating of ice (53a). (See Ice storm .)

    Fresh ice . Has been employed to describe newly formed ice of different types

    (see young ice ). This term should not be used because it conflicts

    with other definitions of fresh ice, among them (1) ice that has

    always been fresh (salt-free), and (2) ice that was salty but is

    now fresh (47).

    Friction crack . A glacially made crescentic marking having a distinct fracture.

    It is so named because all such cracks are believed to be made by

    local increase in friction between ice and rock (18).

    Frost . A light, feathery deposit of ice through condensation of water vapor,

    directly in the crystalline form, on objects whose temperature is

    below freezing, corresponding to dew (53a). (See Hoarfrost .)

    Frost, black . Black frost or hard frost refers to a conditions prevailing in

    late autumn when both air and terrestrial objects have tempe r atures

    below freezing. Vegetation is blackened, but hoarfrost does not form.

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    This term is seldom used in higher latitudes after winter has

    set in (53a).

    Frost belt ( Frost dam ). A narrow stratum of frozen ground which forms as

    obstruction to percolating shallow groundwater. It is induced

    by the removal of a strip of natural insulation, or by the con–

    struction of ditch, which causes early and rapid freezing of

    surficial ground. Also a locality, generally lowland valley,

    particularly subject to early frosts (23; 31; 39).

    Frost blister ( Gravel mound, Grave mound, Soil blister ). A mound or an

    upwarp of surficial ground caused chiefly by the hydrostatic

    pressure of groundwater (31).

    Frost boil . Accumulation of excess water usually at a place of accelerated

    spring thawing of ground ice. It commonly weakens the surface

    and may break through, causing a quagmire (31).

    Frost crack . Cracking of the ground because of frost. This expression may

    refer either to the gunshot-like noise heard when the earth cracks

    because of frost contraction or to the resulting crack or crevice

    in the ground. Also a term used by dendrologists to describe the

    cracks formed in tree trunks by frost action (39; 47).

    Frost cracking . See Cracking, Ice yowling .

    Frost crystals . Ice crystals which form over a normal firn or new snow with

    flat surfaces that give a special sparkle when the sun strikes them.

    Leffingwell uses the expression for deposits of ice crystals on the

    walls of cavities in frozen ground (26; 47).

    Frost dam . See Frost belt .

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    Frost flakes . See Spicule fog .

    Frost flowers . See Frost roses .

    Frost fog . See Frost smoke .

    Frostgraupeln [G]. See Soft hail .

    Frost heaving ( Heaving ). An upward warping (upwarp) of the ground due to a

    frost-produced swelling of materials farther down (31).

    Frost line . The maximum depth to which winter freezing penetrates where

    permafrost is not involved; it may be given for a particular

    winter, for the average of several winters, or for the greatest

    depth ever reached (53a).

    Frost mound ( Agdlissartoq [E], Earth mound, Ground-ice mound, Ice mound, Pals

    [Fi], Peat mound, Pingorssarajuk [E], Suffosion complex, Suffosion

    convex, Suffosion knob ).
    An upwarp of ground produced by various

    forces acting individually or in combination. These causative

    forces are usually due to freezing, groundwater pressure, and

    crystallization (49). The Eskimo words, as given above, are open

    to question as to grammatical form, spelling, and meaning, but are

    used here because they got into the literature. (See Frost blister ,

    Hydrolaccolith, Pingok .)

    Frost ribbon . See Ice fringe .

    Frost roses ( Frost flowers ). The flower- or fernlike tracery of ice crystals

    formed in cold weather on the inside of a window in a warmed room,

    or under similar conditions elsewhere (47). (See Brine flowers .)

    Frost smoke ( Frost fog, Fum e é e congel e é e [F], Sea smoke, Water smoke ). The fog,

    cloud, or mist that forms at low temperatures over water areas,

    young ice, or damp ground (47). (See Barber, Biofog .)

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    Frost table . A more or less irregular surface that represents the penetra–

    tion of spring and summer thawing of the seasonal frozen ground

    ( active layer ). It is not to be confused with permafrost table (31).

    Frozen ground ( Eisboden [G], Taele [S], Tjäle [S]). Ground that has a tempera–

    ture of 0°C. or lower, and generally contains a variable amount of

    water in the form of ice (31). (See Active layer, Permafrost .)

    Frozen lakes . This expression is often used to mean small, necessarily

    shallow, lakes that have been formed on large floes or fields of

    sea ice, most often paleocrystic ice, or upon a glacier or icecap,

    and which freeze to the bottom soon after summer is over (47).

    Fum e é e congel e é e [F]. See Frost smoke .

    Funneling . An acceleration of the wind stream which occurs when a natural

    or artificial obstruction diverts the wind stream, causing an

    upward spiral eddy. The eddy carries snow back into the main air

    stream and removes it from the base of the obstruction, leaving a

    curved depression in the snow (40).

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    Gefrornis [G]. See Permafrost .

    Gel e é e blanche [F]. See Hoar .

    Giant floe . See Ice field .

    Givre [F]. See Rime .

    Glace bris e é e [F]. See Brash .

    Glace compacte [F]. See Compact ice .

    Glace c o ô ti e è re [F]. See Coastal ice .

    Glace de baies [F]. See Bay ice .

    Glace de fjords [F]. See Fjord ice .

    Glace de socle [F]. See Shelf ice, Tabular iceberg.

    Glace e é paisae [F]. See Heavy ice .

    Glace ferm e é e [F]. See Fast ice .

    Glace fixe [F]. See Fast ice .

    Glace morc e l e é e [F]. See Slob .

    Glace navigable [F]. See Sailing ice .

    Glace p e é n e é trable [F]. See Open ice .

    Glace plate [F]. See Level ice .

    Glace pourrie [F]. See Rotten ice .

    Glaces anciennes [F]. See Paleocrystic ice .

    Glaces de d e é rive [F]. See Drift ice .

    Glace stri e é e [F]. See Slot ice .

    Glacial anticyclone . The term is intended to cover the system of outward

    blowing winds which is considered to be at all times above and

    around the continental glaciers of Greenland and Antarctica. Of

    variable intensity, these winds at times attain velocities of 150

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    miles per hour. They cause a downdraft from the stratosphere

    within central regions of the glaciers and inblowing winds at

    stratosphere levels. The aeolian deposits which surround the

    continental glaciers are considered by W. H. Hobbs to prove that

    they were likewise covered by glacial anticyclones (19a).

    Glacial geology . The study of existing glaciers with their snow fields and

    areas of alimentation by all processes; also the study of the

    extent of and topography produced by glacial erosion and glacial

    deposition both in the Pleistocene and earlier glacial periods

    whose deposits and erosional forms are preserved in solid rock

    now buried beneath the earth surface. Also the study of icebergs


    Glaciation . The condition of being covered by an xxxx ice sheet or by glaciers;

    the erosive action exercised by land ice upon the land over which

    it flows. Also a meteorological term used to describe the shift in

    a cloud from supercooled water to ice crystals (39; 67).

    Glaciation on manteaux [F]. See Highland glacier .

    Glacier ( Brae [D], Bre [N], Fonn [D], Gletscher [D and G], Jökull [I],

    Sermik [E]).
    A body of ice (usually with some firn) formed by

    metamorphism of snow, lying wholly or largely on land, and showing

    evidence of present or former flow (3; 15).

    Glacier, cirque, continental, distributory, expended foot, foot, hanging ,

    highland, highpolar, intermontane, outlet, piedmont, polar, re-

    generated, regimen of, stagnant, subpolar, temperate, through ,

    tidal, transection, tributary, trunk, valley, wall-sided .

    Cirque glacier, Continental glacier, etc.

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    Glacier advance . The term is used to describe the behavior of a glacier whose

    terminus is moving forward in a down-valley direction or thickening,

    as distinct from a terminus which is stationary or receding. It

    does not refer to the actual englacial flow of ice which, except

    in a stagnant glacier, continues regardless of the behavior of the

    terminus (14).

    Glacier behavior . Refers to the activity of a glacier or feature of a glacier,

    no matter whether this denotes change or no change in such aspects

    as length, volume, appearance, rate of movement, or in the relation–

    ship between the areas of accumulation and dissipation (14).

    Glacier cap . According to Ahlmann, the second-largest glacier type, judged

    by area, not as larger as inland ice, such as Vatnajökull in Iceland

    and Northeast Land, Svalbard (1; 42).

    Glacieret . A small glacier on a mountain slope on in a cirque; never as

    large as valley glacier (14).

    Glacier ice . A metamorphic rock derived from firn. As firn becomes denser

    (pressure and recrystallization) it becomes less permeable. At a

    density of approximately 0.8, the apparent porosity approaches zero

    and firn becomes ice by definition (3; 15).

    Glacier in equilibrium ( Stationary glacier, Stationärer gletscher [G]). A

    glacier in equilibrium with its environment ( ablation = accumulation ).

    It is stationary in the sense that it neither advances nor recedes (3).

    Glacierization . The inundation of land by ice. Flint prefers the term “glacier–

    covered” (15; 67).

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    Glacier mice ( Jökla-m s [I]). Small stones reported from Iceland as found

    on glacier surfaces so far from nunataks that they must have

    been separated from parent land through a long span of years,

    yet they are so covered with fluffy and spiney moss, even on

    their undersides, that in [ ?] photographs they remind of curled-up

    porcupines, the small ones reminding of mice (13a).

    Glacier mill . See Moulin .

    Glacier recession . Backward or up-glacier melting of the terminus or the

    borders of a glacier (27a).

    Glacier table . A block of sonte stone supported by a pedestal of ice on the

    surface of a glacier (27).

    Glacier tongue . Glacier ice extending seaward from shore; the source of

    icebergs. Also used to describe the terminal portions of valley

    glaciers which are often shaped like a tongue (14; 47).

    Glacier variations . Advances or recessions of a glacier without distinc–

    tion as to cause; may affect termini, thickness, or relation to

    present or former tributaries. The volume of ice is a major

    factor (27a).

    Glacier wind . A draft of cold air blowing out from a cavelike opening in

    front of a glacier, caused by the density difference between the

    cold air inside and the relatively warm air outside (53a).

    Glaciology . The study of glaciers and glaciations of any period in earth

    history (27a).

    Gla c ç on [F] ( Ldina [R]). A piece of sea ice smaller than a floe (47). (See

    Bergy bit, Bit, Cake, Growler .)

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    Glare . An indication in a cloudless sky of ice or snow beyond a dark horizon

    of land or water. Some claim that ice beyond a dark horizon throws

    upward no glare that can be seen, and that if a glare is seen the

    sky is not really cloudless at the horizon, whereupon the word

    should be blink (47).

    Glass ice ( Sklianka [R]). A thin k sparkling crust on a calm sea produced

    by the coalescence of patches of ice fat (68).

    Glaze or Glazed frost ( Verglas [F]). Formed by the freezing of water as a

    film of ice on any solid object. The water may be derived from

    rain, melted snow or ice, dew or water droplets from mist (3; 40).

    (See Glitter, Icing .)

    Gletscher [D and G]. See Glacier .

    Glimmer ice ( Mica glac e é e [F], Naslud [R]). Fine ice formed on the [ ?]

    surface of old ice from thaw water, usually in the spring (25; 70).

    ( See Snow-water pool .)

    Glitter . Such icing over a frozen land that it prevents animals like cattle

    and reindeer from feeding because the vegetation is caked in ice.

    A glitter is produced when just enough rain falls on snow to con–

    vert it into slush, which then freezes. If there is too much rain,

    the snow is converted to water that flows away; if it rains too

    little, a crust instead of a glitter is formed on the snow. The

    word is said to be from the north of Scotland or from the Orkneys

    (47). (See Glaze, Ice storm, Icing .)

    Gniloi led [R]. See Rotten ice .

    Godovoi led [R]. See Winter ice .

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    Graisse [F]. See Ice fat .

    Granular snow . A precipitation of white, opaque, snowlike grains similar to

    soft hail but more or less flattened or oblong and generally less

    than 1 mm. in di a meter, at least in one direction. They do not

    noticeably rebound or disintegrate when falling on hard ground

    (53a). (See Sphaerokrist a lle .)

    Graupel ( Gr e é sil [F], Snow pellet ). A snow crystal (or flake) thickly coated

    with rime. It may retain some of the original form of the crystal

    or may be approximately spherical, when it is spoken of as re–

    sembling a miniature snowball; the size may range up to that of

    a small pea. Thiessen considers it to be formed by the freezing

    of water droplets onto snow crystals falling through clouds (48;

    53a). (See Soft hail .)

    Gravel mound or Grave mound . See Frost blister .

    Gravity water . Water in excess of pellicular water and which can, therefore,

    be drawn away by the force of gravity (31).

    Grease . See Ice fat .

    Gr e é sil [F]. See Graupel .

    Grondeur [F]. See Growler .

    Grounded ice . Ice that is so heavily aground that it does not move before a

    wind or current (47).

    Ground fog . A mass of water droplets forming at the lower levels of the at–

    mosphere by radiation cooling or advection which occurs whenever

    the air cools below the dew point (39).

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    Ground frost . Indicates the occurrence and effects of freezing temperatures

    below the ground surface (5 2 ). (See Active layer, Permafrost .)

    Ground ice ( Boden e is [G], Eis im Boden [G], Fossil ice, Iskopaemyi led [R],

    Jordbundsis [D], Steineis [G], Stone ice, Subsoil ice , Subter–

    ranean ice
    , Underground ice , Ureis [G]).
    Chunks, lenses, or layers

    of ice found in the earth under permafrost conditions. Some writers,

    for instance Markham, formerly used ground ice where we now use

    anchor ice (7; 26; 27; 31). (See C yr ry stosphene .)

    Ground - ice mound . See Frost mound .

    Ground-ice wedge . See Ice vein .

    Ground moraine . A relatively widely distributed moraine believed to have ac–

    cumulated beneath a glacier or to have been deposited through the

    process of ablation melting (15).

    Groundwater, confined . A body of groundwater overlain by material sufficiently

    impervious to server free hydraulic connections with overlying

    groundwater except at the intake. Confined water moves in conduits

    under the pressure due to difference in head between intake and

    discharge areas of the confined water body (31).

    Growler ( Grondeur [F], Tartysh [R]). A hard, solid and substantial piece of

    ice so deep in water as to be barely awash, usually broken from

    an iceberg or heavy floe. Some define a growler as glacier ice

    rising between 2 and 7 feet above water, smaller than a bergy bit

    (47; 66).

    Gustoi led [R]. See Close ice .

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    Hail . Solid precipitation usually formed by the successive freezing of water

    layers and growing outward from a solid center in semitransparent

    layers; soft hail is a snow c yr ry stal which has become coated with

    frozen cloud droplets to become a snow pellet or graupel. These

    particles are sometimes are core of a true hailstone (39; 40; 48).

    (See Small hail .)

    Hailstone . A single unit of hail varying in size from pea to grapefruit, even

    larger; if below pea size the reference is to small hail. The

    largest recorded hailstone fell at Potter, Nebraska, July 6, 1928;

    it measured 17 inches in circumference and weighed 1 1/2 pounds (53a).

    Hailstorm . Generally a severe or prolonged thunderstorm in which hail occurs


    Hanging glacier . A glacier occupying a hanging valley, a hanging cirque or

    ledge, and sometimes even the edge of a plateau (42).

    Hanging valley . A hanging valley is formed when the main valley of a glacial

    stream erodes its bed at a faster rate than its tributary valleys,

    leaving the latter considerably higher and “hanging” at their junc–

    tion (14; 15).

    Haycock . Isolated ice blocks in the form of a haycock, thrown up above the

    surface of land ice or shelf ice resulting from pressure or ice move–

    ment. Radiating crevasses are always present (47).

    Heaving . See Frost heaving .

    Heavy ice ( Glace e é paisse [F], Tiazhelyi led [R]). Any sea ice more than 4

    or 6 feet in thickness.

    Hengeskavl [N]. See Skafl .

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    Highland glacier ( Glaciation en manteau [F], Hochlandeis [G]). Glacier

    covering the highest or central portions of a mountain district,

    from which ice streams issue through the valleys (e.g., in the

    interior of Spitsbergen, particularly New Friesland) (41).

    High-polar glacier . A glacier which consists, at least in its accumulation

    areas, of firn with temperatures below freezing point to a con–

    siderable depth (according to Seligman, at least several hundred

    ft.). Even in summer the temperature in the accumulation area

    is so low that as a rule there is no melting accompanied by the

    formation of water (l). (See Polar glacier, Subpolar glacier .)

    Hinge crack . A longitudinal crack formed in front of a pressure ridge

    because of its weight; sometimes called weight crack (47; 57).

    Hoar or Hoarfrost ( Gel e é e blanche [F]). Crystals formed by sublimation of

    water vapor onto any fixed object. The word hoar comes from Anglo–

    Saxon and Old Norse, where it means white or light gray (47; 48).

    Hochlandeis [G]. See Highland glacier .

    Hole ( Dyra [R], Lunka [R]). An opening through the ice (see rotten ice );

    a round or irregular patch of open water in an area where floes

    are otherwise closely packed together (47).

    Horn . Three or more cirques gnawing inward against a single high part of

    the mountain crest can sculpture the high part into a pyramid

    (called a horn by climbers) with several facets, each facet being

    the head wall of one of the cirques (15).

    Horned iceberg . A berg nearing final stages of destruction by wave action

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    with sharply angular projections caused by unequal melting (43).

    (See Weathered iceberg .)

    Human and animal fog . See Biofog .

    Hummock or Hummocked ice ( Toros [R] or Torosistyi led [R]). A heap of sea

    ice produced by marginal crushing of floe or other ice. When

    new, a hummock consists of angular pieces, perhaps with snow in

    the crevices; hummocks of one or two summers have rounded angles

    but still a rugged appearance, as of miniature mountains. After

    several summers, hummocks on a floe or field produce the effect

    of a rolling prairie (6; 47; 66). (See Paleocrystic ice; Ropak .)

    Hummocking ( Moutonnement [F]). Process by which sea ice is built up into

    heaps and ridges (47). (See Bending, Rafting, Screwing, Tenting .)

    Hummocky floes or Hummocky fields ( Scholleneis [G]). Areas of hummocked

    ice frozen together (47).

    Hydrolaccolith . A large frost mound produced by the freezing of water into

    a lenticular body of ice (31). (See Bulguniskh, Frost mound, Pingok .)

    Hygroscopic moisture . The thin film of water on the surface of ground par–

    ticles which is not capable of movement through gravitational or

    capillary forces (31).

    Hydrometeor . Any product of condensation of atmospheric water vapor, liquid

    or solid, whether formed in the free atmosphere or at the earth’s

    surface, thus including snow, hail and other frozen precipitation

    as well as glaze, glitter, and like (53a).

    Hygroscopic moisture . The thin film of water on the surface of ground par–

    ticles which is not capable of movement through gravitational or

    capillary forces (31).

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    Ice . Frozen water; any of the crystalline phases of hydrogen oxide (water

    substance), only one of which is known to exist under natural con–

    ditions (3).

    Ice, acicular, anchor, bay, black, bottom, brash, broken, calf, calved, candle ,

    cat, close, coastal, compact, confluent, conglomeratic, cream, depth ,

    dirty, disturbed, drift, East, fast, field, fine aggregate, fjord ,

    floe, frazil, fresh, glacier, glass, glimmer, ground, grounded ,

    heavy, hummocked, laminated, land, level, light, lolly, one-year ,

    open, pack, paleocrystic, pancake, pelagic, penitent, polar, polar

    fast, pond, pressure, rafted, residual, river, rotten, rough, rubber ,

    running, sailing, scattered, sea, sheet, shelf, shore, slob, slot ,

    sludge, snow, spray, stranded, stream, sweet-water, talus, West ,

    window, winter, young .
    See Acicular ice, Anchor ice, etc.

    Ice age . A period of geologic history during which considerable parts of the

    earth were covered with glacial ice (53a).

    Ice banshee . See Cracking, Ice yowling .

    Ice bar . See Ice edge .

    Ice barrage ( Barrage ). The pandemonium of noise produced when sea ice is being

    crushed, especially if against a coast and in cold and calm weather.

    Even among drift ice, where the noise is least, Shackleton wrote:

    “The din, din, DIN, shall I ever forget it?” Nansen goes nearly to

    the limit of the language describing the racket as heard when the Fram

    drifted in the pack; Stefansson describes the maximum effect heard on

    a calm midwinter night, as having “every conceivable sound from the

    booming of a cannon to the thousand times magnified screeching of a

    rusty hinge.” Barrage din is seldom reported; for it is usually

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    obscured, especially along a coast, by the local tumult of a

    gale which overcomes distant sounds (47).

    Ice barrier . See Shelf ice .

    Ice bay . See Bay .

    Iceberg ( Berg, Eisberg [G], Isberg [N], Isbjaerg [D], Isfjaeld [D], Ledianaia

    gora [R], Sikuleq [E]).
    A mass of floating or stranded glacier

    ice rising more than 16 feet above the surface of the sea when

    afloat (47).

    Iceberg , black and white , blocky , horned , ice island , pyramidy , tabular ,

    unconformity , weathered .
    See Black and white iceberg, Blocky ice-

    berg, etc.

    Iceberg tabula ri ir e [F]. See Tabular iceberg.

    Iceblink ( Clart e é des glaces [F], Eisblink [G], Isblink [D], Ledianoi otblesk

    See Blink, Glare, Sky map .

    Ice block . See Ice jam .

    Icebound . Surrounded with ice so as to be incapable of advancing, as an ice–

    bound vessel; so surrounded or obstructed with ice as to be hin–

    dered from access to a coast or harbor (63).

    Icecap . A domed glacier, large or small, covering a land area of moderate

    relief. While this appears to be the commonest usage, eminent men

    disagree; for Ahlmann says he calls Vatnajökull in Iceland a glacier

    cap because it is “not large enough to be called an icecap or

    inland ice.” Historically, an icecap should be the largest pos–

    sible body of land ice, for the concept is derived from the Greek

    cosmographic doctrine of the Five Zones — one too hot for life,

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    the torrid; two suitable for plants and animals, the temperate;

    and two so cold that life was impossible, the frigid. Each frigid

    zone was then conceived as having an icecap centered at its pole

    and extending symmetrically in all directions until it nearly or

    quite touched the edge of the adjoining temperate zone, with all

    waters frozen to the bottom and all lands snow- or ice-covered

    (14; 47). (See Continental glacier, Ice sheet, Inland ice .)

    Ice cave . A cave in which ice lasts through the whole year or the greater

    part of it. In winter the cold, hence heavy, air flows downward

    into the cave and displaces the warm air which rises and flows

    away. In summer the warm air cannot flow downward into the cave;

    hence any slight warming within the cave is by the slow conduction

    of heat through the overhead column of air or through the ground,

    which may not suffice to melt the ice (53a). (See Induced permafrost .)

    Ice cliff ( Barrier, Barri e è re [F], Chinese wall, Zator [R]). The steep terminus

    of a glacier which rests in water or on the edge of a precipice (14).

    Ice confetti . See Spicule fog .

    Ice conglomerate . See Conglomeratic ice .

    Ice core . The ice underlying the firn snow which often covers the rock of a

    ridge (40).

    Ice cornice . See Cornice .

    Ice-cream ice . See Cream ice .

    Icecrete . Material made from aggregates with ice acting as the cementing agent.

    used as a substitute for concrete during no-thaw periods in the

    North (38). (See Snowcrete .)

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    Ice-crystal fog . See Spicule fog .

    Ice crystals ( Cristaux de glace [F], Eiskristallen [G], Ledian v y e igly [R]).

    The form in which ice always, so far as we know, appears in nature.

    Five types have been distinguished: hexagonal columns, pyramids

    and plates, triangular and twelve-sided plates. Like raindrops,

    they originate through condensation upon some sort of nucleus. The

    hexagonal is the usual form but it is varied by countless patterns

    of complicated design which are believed to depend on the life his–

    tory of the crystal. The union of several ice crystals produces

    a snowflake; in glaciers the crystals are sometimes “as big as

    small watermelons” (Sharp). The formation of ice crystals marks

    the initial stage of the freezing of water (39; 41; 42; 70).

    Ice dike . A formation of secondary ice along a crevice in a glacier or

    ground ice (42; [ ?] 63).

    Ice edge ( Kromka lda [R]). The boundary at any given time between pack ice

    and the open sea. It may be a regular line with considerable tight–

    ening of the floes along the edge, known as a sea bar or ice bar,

    or may consist of a succession of ice streams or patches, or may be

    frayed out into a number of points and bights, with perhaps off–

    lying isolated fragments. The position of the ice edge depends on

    wind and tide, and varies considerably from day to day and year to

    year. The average position for any given month, based on observa–

    tions over a number of years, is described as the monthly [ ?] ice

    limit (66).

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    Ice fall . An interruption in the relatively smooth surface of a glacier,

    caused by an abrupt steepening in the slope of its bed, resulting

    in a fracture d zone of crevasses and s e é racs (14; 47).

    Ice fat ( Eisbrei [G], Graisse [F], Grease, Salo [R]). Tiny ice crystals which

    coalesce and gather on the surface of the sea to make it look as if

    covered with small patches of congealed fat. Ice fat gives the

    sea a look as if watered silk (moire) had been spread over it (42; 68).

    Ice feathers . See Rime .

    Ice field ( Champ de glace [F], Eisfeld [G], Field, Giant floe, L e dianoe pole

    [R], Smoroz [R]).
    The largest connected area of drift ice. They are

    from several to scores of miles wide; their limits cannot be seen

    from a ship’s masthead. Also the large accumulation basin of a

    glacier (3; 47).

    Ice flowers ( Flower ice ). (1) Crystals sublimed onto ice sheets over water at

    points where a high concentration of water vapor exists, for in–

    stance, close to cracks in the ice. (2) The crust of salt crystals

    that forms on top when young ice gets thick enough, or the tempera–

    ture of the air low enough, so that the brine slush freezes hard.

    (3) Ice crystals within a sheet of ice, or on the surface of quiet,

    slowly freezing water, which form flower-like designs (40; 47; 53a).

    (See Salt crust .)

    Ice fog . A cloud of ice crystals produced in the lower levels of the atmos–

    phere whenever the air cools below −39°C. and the air is super–

    saturated with respect to ice. A spicule fog may be produced under

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    similar conditions at temperatures warmer than −39°C. if the

    air contains sufficient numbers of foreign particles which

    serve as ice nuclei (39) .

    Ice foot ( Banquette c o ô ti e è re [F], Ceinture des glaces [F], Collar ice ,

    Lisi e è re des glaces [F], Podosh v a lda [R], Ruban [R]).
    Ice step

    attached to the coast, unmoved by tides, and remaining after the

    ordinary fast ice has moved away (6; 66).

    Ice fringe ( Frost ribbon ). A deposit on objects of moisture exuded from

    plants and appearing as frost fringes. As frost ribbon, this

    has been described as produced by the freezing of water that

    rises by capillary action in one or more sap tubes, and comes to

    the surface mainly, if not wholly, through a row of minute open–

    ings (53a).

    Ice front . The present terminus of a glacier whether upon the land, in the

    sea, in a river, or in a lake. The term should not be applied in

    this sense to isolated floating ice in sea water as in the Arctic

    and Antarctic regions (2 5 7 a).

    Ice glands . Nearly vertical columns of coarsely crystalline ice, recognizable

    during the ablation season as bumps or pimples on the surface of

    a glacier’s firn field. They run through the firn mass in irregular,

    vertical belts, and in appearance resemble gnarled trunks or columns.

    They may be 6 feet in diameter and are associated with ice bands and

    ice lenses (1).

    Ice gush . Debris of ice and water in a crevasse of a glacier (63).

    Ice heap . See Icing mound .

    Ice hillock . See Icing mound .

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    Ice hour ( Iedianoi chas [R]). The mean interval between the culmination of

    the moon and the closest following tidal compression of ice at

    any given place. This term proposed by Zubov, and apparently now

    in use by Soviet oceanographic students of sea-ice problems,

    analogizes from standard tidal phraseology. He says that just

    as the mean (high-water) tidal interval is determined for every

    port, the ice hour should be determined at a given location from

    a series of observations. In establishing the ice hour, it

    should, however, be taken into consideration that the closing in

    and opening up of ice is not caused by tides alone. Ice movement

    caused by tides is characteristic of narrow straits with much-

    indented shores, a complicated bottom relief, and swift tidal cur–

    rents. After the ice hours have been established for a number of

    points in a given area, it will be possible to use a line drawn

    between them to show the simultaneous tidal compression of ice.

    This information will be useful to navigators for plotting courses,

    planning arrival and departure times of vessels, etc. (34a; 69).

    Ice island . An island completely buried under snow or ice, showing no exposed

    rock surfaces. Also name applied by flyers to particularly land–

    like ice fields observed drifting in or north of the Beaufort Sea

    (14; 47; 57). (See Floeberg, Ice foot, Ice island , Paleocrystic ice .)

    Ice island iceberg . A berg having a conical-shaped or dome-shaped summit;

    often mistaken by mariners for ice-covered islands (57).

    Ice jam ( Zaboi [R]). The heaping up of broken river ice in spring at a bend

    or narrow part of the channel, permitting the water to dam up

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    behind the jam, perhaps to flood surrounding lowland. Formerly,

    an ice jam was sometimes called an ice block, as by Markham (23; 47).

    Ice limit . The greatest extent of the ice at any given time; also the average

    position of the ice edge at any given period, based on observation

    over many years (47; 51).

    Ice mound . See Frost mound .

    Ice mushroom . See Mus h room pillars .

    Ice needle ( Ice spicule ). A thin shaft of ice which seems to float in the

    air when made visible by sunshine. It is considered that cirrus

    clouds are mostly composed of ice needles. Not to be confused

    with needle ice when that expression is used as a synonym for candle

    ice (53a).

    Ice pellets . Raindrops frozen solid by passing through a cold layer in the

    atmosphere (40). (See Sleet .)

    Ice pipe . Cylindrical-shaped ice vein (38).

    Ice point . The temperature of a mixture of pure ice and water in phase equil–

    ibrium under a pressure of 760 mm. of mercury. It is the melting

    point of pure ice at this pressure and equals 0°C. by definition (3).

    Ice Pole . See Pole of Inaccessibility .

    Ice pond . A pond from which people saw or cut ice for use as drinking and cook–

    ing water during winter or for refrigeration purposes during summer


    Icequake . Crash or concussion attending the breaking up of masses of ice (63).

    (See Jökulhlaup .)

    Ice rind ( Eisrinde [G], Incrustation de glace [F]). Thin, hard ice formed by

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    the freezing of slush in calm water at low temperatures (47).

    (See Glass ice, Nilas .)

    Ice shed . A glacial divide or crest from which ice moves in opposite di–

    rections (63).

    Ice sheet . One of the two main types of glaciers, the other being valley

    glacier. In contrast to valley glaciers, sheets are not confined

    to valleys and may spread to continental size, as the 5,000,000–

    square-mile sheet of Antarctica and the 637,000-square-mile one

    of Greenland which, together, contain 97% of all the glacier ice

    in the world. In recent usage, both large and small ice sheets

    are sometimes called icecaps though for m erly an icecap was thought

    of as vast in size (15; 47).

    Ice sky ( Ledianoe nebo [R]). See Blink, Sky map .

    Ice sludge . See Sludge .

    Ice spicule . See Ice needle .

    Ice stalagmites . Stalagmites formed by drip of water exactly as are true

    stalagmites (40).

    Ice storm ( Silver thaw ). A storm in which rain forms ice on the ground and

    upon objects because they are at a subfreezing temperature (53a).

    (See Glitter .)

    Ice stream . A term applied to the valley portion of a glacier where its sides

    are well defined and where the characteristic manifestations of

    flow are evident. At sea it is an isolated strip of brash or pack ,

    narrower than a broken belt, pressed together by wind, swell, or

    tide, usually moving or thought of as moving along a coast line

    (14; 66).

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    Ice ton . The theoretical number of heat units required to melt 1 ton of

    freshwater ice at 32°F. It is 284,000 B.t.u., taking a ton at

    2,000 lb. (63).

    Ice tremor ( Tremor ). That trembling of heavy sea ice which is not per–

    ceptible to the ordinary unaided human senses but which is re–

    vealed by things like the trembling of the surface of a bowl of

    mercury. This tremor is considered to be due to the crushing of

    ice at a great distance, perhaps tens of miles from the observa–

    tion point (47).

    Ice umbrellas . See Mushroom pillars .

    Ice vein ( Ground-ice wedge ). A narrow crack or fissure of the ground filled

    with ice which may extend below the permafrost table. Leffingwell

    says that open frost cracks (in the ground) are in a favorable

    position for being filled with water from the melting snow, as most

    of them lie in depressions upon a flat surface. Those that by

    chance get no water may become filled with ice crystals deposited

    by the damp sir, by internal “breathing.” The crack is thus filled

    with solid ice from the freezing of the water, or contains much ice

    in the form of frost crystals, so that a narrow vein of true ground

    ice is formed in the portion which lies below the depth reached by

    the annual thawing (26; 31).

    Ice warping . See Warping .

    Ice worms ( Snow worms ). Worms ( Mesenchytraeus solifugus ; O Ø ligochaetous O Ø ligochaetous

    annelidsannelids) usually less than 3/4 inch in length and black or brownish-

    black in color, found in thaw water on glaciers. They were reported

    from [ ?] Switzerland centuries ago; in North America they have been

    reported from Alaska south to California (34; 64).

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    Ice yowling ( Yowling ). An unearthly, doleful, long-drawn-out screech head

    in winter on large northern lakes when a crack, tens of miles

    long, forms through ice contraction caused by a drop in tempera–

    ture. Presumably the sound would be like a gunshot if all of it

    reached the ear simultaneously; but the sound from the nearest

    part of the crack arrives first, and from more remote parts later

    and later, producing the effect of a banshee scream (47). (See

    Cracking .)

    Icicles . Ice stalagtites formed by the freezing of pendant water droplets (40).

    Icing ( Naled [R]). Surface ice formed in winter by successive freezings of

    sheets of water from a spring or river, the structure thus being

    laminated, with the oldest layers farthest down; the term also

    refers to this process of ice formation. If thick and localized,

    the name is icing mound ; when it outlasts the summer it is a taryn

    in Russian. On cliffs near the sea, seaside structures, and vessels

    at sea in cold weather, icing is formed by spray; it may be formed

    on most anything by rain at below-freezing temperatures. In avia–

    tion, the formation of ice on aircraft in flight; can form at any

    temperature below 32°F. and has been observed as low as −40°F.;

    the heaviest icing usually occurs between 32° and 15°F. [ ?]

    (31; 42; 43; 48; 53a). (See Flooding, Glitter .)

    Icing mound ( Ice heap, Ice hillock ). A localized icing of substantial thick–

    ness but of more or less limited areal extent; may also form entirely

    or in part by the upwarp of a layer of ice (as in a river) by the

    hydrostatic pressure of water (31).

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    Incrustation de glace [F]. See Ice rind.

    Indlandsis [D]. See Inland ice .

    Induced permafrost . This is permafrost found outside ordinary permafrost

    limits in a region which does not have the usual required conditions.

    Naturally induced permafrost is found where caves or other natural

    openings, vertical ly or slanting ly downward into the earth, permit

    gravity-controlled storage of enough cold winter air to preserve

    frost through the full length of the summer, as in various ice caves

    that are outside the regular permafrost areas. Artifically induced

    permafrost is found in pits dug by man into unfrozen ground which

    are deep enough to hold a sufficient amount of winter-chilled air

    to maintain at the bottom of the pit a below-freezing temperature

    throughout all summers, as in the burial pits of the Altai Plateau


    Inland ice ( Indlandsis [D]). The interior portion of any ice sheet, frequently

    applied to the icecap of Greenland. Logically this name fits the

    even greater icecap of the Antarctic Continent but it is not often

    so used (47). (See Continental glacier, Icecap, Ice sheet .)

    Intergelisol ( Pereletok [R]). A layer of frozen ground between the permafrost

    or pergelisol and the active layer or mollisol, which may persist

    for one or several years (9).

    Intermontane glacier . A glacier, produced by the confluence of numerous moun–

    tain and valley glaciers, which occupies spacious troughlike

    depressions between separate mountain ranges or mountain groups

    (28). (See Ice stream .)

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    Intrapermafrost water . Groundwater in unfrozen layers, lenses, or veins

    within the permafrost (31).

    Involution . A process of snow cornice change which beings begins as soon as a

    cornice has formed, sometimes even during formation; it sinks

    [ ?] slowly by its own weight, the pointed tip dropping farthest

    owing to its being the thinnest and weakest portion. This ac–

    centuates the rounded appearance often possessed by cornices.

    Seligman proposed this name, a translation of the German

    Einrollen (40).

    Isberg [D]. See Iceberg .

    Isbjaerg [D]. See Iceberg .

    Isblink [D]. See Iceblink .

    Isfjaeld [D]. See Iceberg .

    Iskopaemyi led [R]. See Ground ice .

    Island of talik . Unfrozen ground beneath the seasonally frozen ground

    ( active layer ), surrounded on its sides by the permafrost, and

    extending vertically to the bottom of the permafrost (31).

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    Jeune glace [F]. See Young ice .

    Jökla-m s [I]. See Glacier mice .

    Jökulhlaup [I]. The word means glacier-leap, implying a sudden uplift and

    fracturing of a glacier, therefore perhaps to be translated,

    glacier-burst; it describes an excessively rapid large-scale glacial

    ablation, due to subglacial volcanic activity coupled with the

    resultant torrential runoff, which carries huge blocks of ice as

    well as glacially derived rock debris over an outwash plain.

    These cateclysms of destruction occur chiefly in Iceland, particu–

    larly on its south coast, when a wall of water and broken ice,

    described as tens and even scores of feet high, rushes down a valley,

    sweeping away not merely all bridges, roads and other man-made

    things but also the soil, to make the valley in effect a desert

    (22; 47).

    Jökull [I]. See Glacier .

    Jordbundsis [D]. See Ground ice .

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    Kannik [E]. Falling snow — applied to snow only while it is on its way

    from the sky to the ground (47).

    Kar [G]. See Cirque .

    Kettle . A depression that occurs in glacial drift, usually stratified, that

    has been made by the wasting away of a mass of ice that had lain

    wholly or partly buried in the drift (15).

    Kettle or Kettle-hole lake . See Cave-in lake .

    Kromka lda [R]. See Ice edge .

    Krupnobityi led [R]. Large glacçons (55).

    Küsteneis [G]. See Fast ice .

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    Lake . Large patch of open water within the borders of pack ice (33; 43).

    (See Polynia, Pool .)

    Laminated ice . Ice formed by the telescoping of thin sheets. As the

    resistance to the motion of a layer of ice becomes great, the

    thin ice fractures and a new layer is shoved up, so that a

    notable thickness of laminated ice may thus be built up. Laminated

    ice may also be formed by the development of flow structures

    (26; 42). (See Icing, Rafting .)

    Land blink . See Blink, Sky map .

    Landfast ice ( Beregovoi pripai [R]). See Fast ice .

    Land floe . Fast ice which has broken away from the shore; also used as a

    synonym of fast ice (47).

    Land ice . Ice that has formed on land, usually from snow; not formed on or

    in water (47; 51a).

    Land sky . See Sky map .

    Landslide debris . A ridge of earth on drifting sea ice resulting from a

    landslide which descended upon fast ice that later broke loose

    from the land. Stefansson reported such a ridge of earth,

    boulders, and vegetation that was approximately 55 feet long, 5 feet

    high, and 10 feet wide, that rested on a moving floe, beyond

    sight of land to the southwest of Meighen Island; Takpuk Island,

    north of Alaska, and the Land of Bus, between Greenland and Great

    Britain , were probably landslide debris (14; 47). (See Dirty ice .)

    Lane . See Lead .

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    Layered permafrost . Ground consisting of permanently frozen layers alter–

    nating with unfrozen layers or taliks (31).

    Ldina [R]. See Glacçon.

    Lead ( Channel, Lane, Razvodie [R]). To sailors a lead is a navigable

    passage through any kind of ice; to sledge travelers it is an

    ice crack too wide for men, sledges, and dogs to cross easily,

    i.e., any crack wider than 3 to 5 feet. A lead may still be so

    called though frozen over with young or even medium-old ice

    (6; 47).

    Led bukht [R]. See Bay ice .

    Ledianaia gora [R]. See Iceberg ; literally “ice mountain” (55).

    Ledianaia kasha [R]. See Slob .

    Ledianoi chas [R]. See Ice hour .

    Ledianoe nebo [R]. See Ice sky .

    Ledianoe pole [R]. See Ice field .

    Ledianoi otblesk [R]. See Iceblink .

    Ledianoi zabereg [R]. The new ice adhering to the shore (in bays, gulfs,

    and among islands) when it beingsbegins to grow outward toward the open

    sea. First stage in the formation of fast ice (54; 55).

    Ledianye igly . See Ice crystals .

    Ledokhod [R]. See Break-up .

    Ledostav [R]. See Freeze-up .

    Level ice ( Flacheis [G], G lace plate [F], Rovnyi led [R], Smoroz [R]). All

    unhummocked ice, no matter of what age or thickness. In the early

    stages it is more usually termed young ice (66). (See Fjord ice ,

    Winter ice .)

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    Level of zero annual amplitude . The level to which seasonal change of tem–

    perature extends into permafrost or glaciers. Below this level

    the temperature gradient is more or less stable the year round

    (3; 31).

    Light blink . See Blink, Sky map .

    Light ice . Winter ice [ ?] up to 2 feet in thickness (47). (See Young ice .)

    Light sky or Lighted sky . See Blink, Color sky, Glare, Sky map .

    Lisi eè re des glaces [F]. See Ice foot .

    Lolly ice . Fine particles of ice in sea water which, when they are first

    formed, are colloidal and are not visible in the water in which

    they are floating (4a). (See Frazil ice .)

    Loose ice . See Open ice .

    Lunka [R] See Hole .

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    Marble crust . Extremely hard, iced-up snow, occurring usually in small

    round patches. Believed to originate from old wind slab which

    had become sodden with rain or thaw water and froze hard. Not

    a true crust (40).

    Marginal crushing ( Valon [R]). The process which occurs when floes press

    against each other under stress of wind or current. If the

    pressure continues, ridges are built up; if it slackens, the

    broken pieces fall into the water to become mush or brash ice (47).

    Marginal lake . A lake at the terminal or lateral borders of an ice tongue


    Melkobityi led [R]. See Brash .

    Melting point ( Freezing point ). The fusion point of a solid. In meteorology,

    the point at which ice from pure water melts under normal atmos–

    pheric pressure, reckoned at 32°F. or 0°C. (39; 53a).

    Merzlota [R]. Frost or freezing.

    [ ?] Merzlotovedenie [R]. See Permafrostology .

    Mica glac e é e [F]. See Glimmer ice .

    Middle Pack . Term frequently used, instead of Baffin Bay Pack, to designate

    the entire body of drifting ice west of Greenland; but Smith

    defines Middle Pack as the part of the ice that the winds and slow

    cyclonic circulation of the bay tend to collect in the central and

    Melville Bay sections. The middle position of the pack is somewhat

    accentuated in late summer by the widening of the shore waters around

    the coasts of Baffin Bay (33; 44). (See North Water, West Ice .)

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    Mnogole n tnii led [R]. See Old ice .

    Mnogosloinyi led [R]. See Rafted ice .

    Mollisol . See Active layer .

    Mollition . The act or process of thawing the mollisol or active layer (9).

    Molodik [R]. See Young ice .

    Molodoi led [R]. See Young ice .

    Moulin ( Glacier mill ). A steeply inclined hole in the ice of a glacier which

    acts as a discharge channel for surface meltwater (64).

    Mountain glacier . A glacier that has its source near the crests of lofty

    mountains and thence descends as a narrow, gradually tapering

    tongue, following valleys, much as streams of water follow chan–

    nels (28). (See Ice stream, Valley glacier .)

    Moutonn e é e [F] ( Weathered ice ). A term sometimes used to describe the

    weathered appearance of hummocky polar ice after the sharp forms

    of the hummocks and pressure ridges become rounded through melting

    (47). (See Paleocrystic ice .)

    Moutonnement [F]. See Hummocking .

    Muck . Mixture of decayed vegetable matter and siltlike material (with a high

    water content), often forming the surface layer of the ground in

    permafrost areas. In river valleys, much may be as much as 100 feet

    thick (31). (See Duff .)

    Mud polygon . See Fissure Polygons .

    Mud volcano . See Pingok .

    Mush . See Brash .

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    Mushroom ice . See Mushroom pillars .

    Mushroom pillars ( Umbrella pillars, Ice umbrellas ). Upward projections of

    ice (sometimes f or ro zen mud) formed when some insulator, often a

    flag of slate or a wad of moss or peat, shelters the ice beneath

    enough so that the ice roundabout melts more rapidly under the

    effect of direct sunlight or rain. The opposite of dust hole

    (47). (See Niggerheads .)

    Muskeg . A resiliently carpet t ed surface of bog mosses and tussocky sedges

    characterized by low bearing power and high moisture content,

    and underlain by a saturated bed of peat of variable depth. It

    develops in undrained depressions, which have usually been caused

    either by glacial action or by the impermeability of an under–

    lying permafrost surface. A muskeg area may support a stunted

    growth of trees (usually spruce or tamarac k ), but trees are not

    an essential element in its development. As the frost leaves

    muskegs in the height of summer to depths of several feet, they

    become formidable obstacles to overland travel (51a).

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    Nabivnoi led [R]. See Rafted ice .

    Naled [R]. See Icing .

    Nanosnyi led [R]. Ice not made locally; literally, “ice brought down” (55).

    Naslud [R]. See Glimmer ice, Snow-water pool .

    Nast [R]. The hard crust on ice or snow which forms after a thaw (60).

    Natirvik [E]. Snow drifting along the ground, may be high enough so the

    horizon is hidden but must not be high enough to obscure the sky

    as you look up, for then it would be a birktok. The word is

    ordinarily applied to snow drifting shoulder-high, or just a

    little higher or lower. This form is used in northern Alaska

    and northwestern Canada; the Greenland form is natirnik (47).

    (See Pozemka .)

    Nebelreif [G]. See Rime .

    Needle . A slender needle-like snow crystal usually having a structure con–

    sisting of needle-like components lying parallel and closely knit

    together. (Length/diameter greater than 5.) (48)

    Needle ice . See Candle ice .

    Neige sauvage [F]. See Wild snow .

    Nesiak [R]. See Floeberg .

    N e é v e é . See Firn .

    N e é v e é field or slope . See Firn field .

    N e é v e é line . See Firn line .

    New snow ( Fluff ). Snow unaltered by wind and sunshine following precipitation

    and which still possesses a fluffy, feathery, or floury nature (40).

    Nieve penitente [Sp]. Fields of pinnacled snow found in high mountains. The

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    expression is said to come from the imagination of Latin Amer–

    icans who consider that in the Andes these formations resemble a

    throng of kneeling worshipers (53a). (See Penitent snow .)

    Niggerheads . Hummocks common to the permafrost grasslands which give the

    pedestrian the impression that each is mushroom-shaped, standing

    on a stalk somewhat more slender than the top of the hummock so

    that, unless you plant your foot in its center, the head of the

    hummock seems to nod and your foot slips to one side into a crack

    filled with mud or water. Also called women’s heads, t e ê te de

    femme (47). (See Mushroom pillars .)

    Nilas [R], dark . Ice that forms on a calm sea when the crystals begin to

    adhere to each other in a sheet. It has a crumbly structure;

    there is so much salt in it that snow melts as it falls even in

    cold weather. When viewed among snowy old ice, the nilas looks

    black. When it gets much over an inch thick, it turns into gray

    nilas (10).

    Nilas [R], gray . Next stage in ice formation on a calm sea after dark nilas .

    When it gets between 2 and 3 inches thick the salt crystals on its

    surface become dry enough so snow can drop on this ice without

    being salt-melted, if the weather is cold. When broken it is gray

    in color, as also on the sea among snowy old ice. In the inter–

    mediate stage between dark and gray nilas, thickness between 1 and 2

    inches, it splashes ice-cream fashion if dropped on a hard surface;

    the gray nilas begins to behave more like freshwater ice (10; 47).

    Nip or Nipping ( Pinching ). Closing up of the ice so as to pinch a vessel and

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    prevent her passage. A vessel so caught, although undamaged,

    is said to be nipped ( pris ); there is some pressure on her sides,

    but it is not dangerous. It differs from beset in that for nipping

    you think of two pieces of ice closing like a vise while beset pic–

    tures a ship hemmed in from all sides by several pieces of ice

    (47; 66).

    North Water . A sea area between Greenland and the Canadian islands, in the

    northern end of Baffin Bay, from the vicinity of Cape York and

    Lancaster Sound north to Smith Sound, that is relatively or quite

    ice-free at all seasons; formerly the rendezvous of Scottish

    and other whalers because whales abounded and there was no serious

    interference by ice (33; 43; 47). (See Baffin Bay Pack, Middle

    Pack, West Ice .)

    Nunatak [E]. An island of rock or other land surrounded by glacier ice.

    The word (pronounced noo’-na-tak) is from the Eskimo language of

    West Greenland and is there usually applied to peaks or small areas

    of land that rise out of the inland ice (14; 47).

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    Oblomki polei [R]. See Floe .

    Oceanocryology . Cryology in relation to the sea (70).

    Odnoletnii led [R]. See Winter ice ; literally “one-year ice” (55).

    Offshore water ( Fl e ques d’eau c o ô ti e è res [F], Vodianoi zabereg [R]). Sheets

    of water formed on the ice along the coast by melting of snow on

    the shore and on the ice, and also by the melting of the ice (6).

    Old ice ( Mnogoletnii led [R], Staryi led [R]). See Paleocrystic ice, Polar ice .

    Old snow . Snow which has passed beyond the settled or loose-lying powdery

    stages. It includes the various types of firn snow, sun crust, and

    rain crust, and the harder forms of wind-packed mow (40).

    Omelettes de glace [F]. See Pancake ice .

    One-year ice ( Odnoletnii led [R]). Fields and floes of last season are known

    the following summer as one-year ice. Water obtained by melting

    this ice is nearly or quite fresh to the palate. The thickness

    will be less the more snow it had on top and will run, in the Arctic

    Sea, toward the end of winter, from 5 or 6 feet with much snow to

    8 or 9 with little snow, the average probably around 7 feet (8; 47).

    (See Winter ice .)

    Open ice ( Glace p e é n e é trable [F], Loose ice, Open pack, Razrezhennyi led [R],

    Slack ice ).
    The term refers to possibilities of navigation through

    drift ice in relation to craft of specified type. For sailing

    ships, built or strengthened for ice, it refers to floes so scat–

    tered that, with skill and care, a ship could zigzag through

    without hitting other than small or weak pieces, implying that the

    sea would be something between 20% and 40% ice-covered. The meaning

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    would be about the same for modern single screw, unprotected

    steamers. The fairly powerful and strong Yankee whaling ships,

    as used north of Alaska from the 1880’s to 1906, considered

    the ice open perhaps up to 50% cover, if the floes were not

    heavy (45; 47). (See Drift ice, Sailing ice .)

    Open lead . A lead that has not been frozen (47).

    Open pack . See Open ice .

    Open polar sea . See Polynia, sea .

    Open season . The time of year during which, so far as ice is concerned,

    navigation is ordinarily possible on a northern lake, river, or

    part of the Arctic Sea. “An open season” describes a summer when

    navigation is longer, less difficult, or both, than during an

    ordinary year (47).

    Open system . A condition of freezing of ground when additional supply of

    water is available either through free percolation or through capil–

    lary movement (31).

    Open water ( Chistaia voda [R], Eaux libres [F], Otkrytaia voda [R]). Water

    free of drifting ice, or free enough for permitting a ship to

    proceed at moderate speed. Also used of large patches of ice-free

    water in a generally ice-encumbered sea. In the latter sense about

    the same as a pool (47).

    Otblesk [R]. See Blink .

    Otkrytaia voda [R]. See Open water .

    Outlet glacier . A glacier that issues from the margin of an icecap and carries

    the surplus ice out through deep-cut valleys and fjords. They are

    among the longest and mightiest ice-streams in existence, and have

    been known to attain lengths well over 100 miles (28).

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    Pack or Pack ice ( Banquise [F], Drivis [N], Pak [R], Treibeis [G]). The

    ordinary British-American meaning of pack is sea ice which has

    drifted from its original position. It is then classified into:

    (1) close pack, (2) open pack, and (3) drift ice. In recent Soviet

    li et te rature pack is used for that (estimated) 60 to 80% of Arctic

    Sea ice area which is impenetrable to the most powerful modern

    ships, other than submarines. This assumes the triplicate classi–

    fication of (1) fast ice, (2) drift ice, and (3) pack ice (47; 68; 69 ).

    (See Polar Pack .)

    Pak [R]. See Pack .

    Palabazhnik [R]. Fragments resulting from the break-up of ice rind (55).

    Paleocrystic ice ( Glaces anciennes [F], Vieille glace [F]). Very old sea ice

    which simulates land because the pressure ridges have been so

    rounded by the sun and rain of many years that a snow-covered pale–

    ocrystic field reminds of a winter scene on a rolling Dakota

    prairie. This ice was first described from the southern Beaufort

    Sea during the Franklin Search of the 1850’s; the name may not have

    been coined until by the Nares expedition of 1876-77. Some con–

    fusion has developed recently through writings which have applied

    the term to ice fractured by heavy pressure and recemented so as

    to present great but as yet relatively unweathered pressure ridges

    (47). (See Sikussak .)

    Paleocrystic Sea . This term has been used especially by British writers to

    describe that part of the Arctic Sea which is occupied to a con–

    siderable extent, perhaps from 10 to 30%, by paleocrystic fields

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    and floes. From northwestern Ellesmere Island southwestward, this

    ice comes within a few miles of the fast ice, or may even touch

    it, past Axel Heiberg, Meighen, Ellef Ringnes, Borden, Brock,

    Prince Patrick, and Banks Islands, though its landward margins

    tend farther offshore as one passes southern Banks; thereafter

    the margin trends westerly, to be 100 miles offshore opposite

    the Mackenzie Delta but thereafter to approach within 50 miles

    from Alaska as far as Point Borrow; thence the trend is still

    farther from shore, passing northeastern Siberia at some 200 miles

    from the mainland and keeping well north of the New Siberian and

    Severnaya Zemlya archipelagoes. North of Greenland the paleocrystic

    margin would be the northern “shore” of what Peary called The Big

    Lead (47).

    Pala [Fi]. See Frost mound .

    Pan . A small floe or cake (55).

    Pancake ice ( Blinchatyi led, Omelettes de glace [F], Pfannkucheneis [G],

    Plate ice ).
    Pieces of newly formed ice, approximately circular,

    about 1 to 6 ft. across and with raised rims, due to the pieces

    striking against each other. Bruce says that “if the water remain

    calm … the crust [of ice] divides into thousands of hexagonal

    [or circular-appearing] discs from about an inch to several feet

    in diameter, the diameter increasing with the thickness of the …

    ice; in between the discs, the shiny black lines of water broaden

    into wide lanes, and the surface of the sea is like a patchwork

    quilt. Now, some slight disturbance occurs, a little wind or tide,

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    which causes the surface waters to come together again, the more

    or less hexagonal ice discs hustle together, their delicate sides

    and corners are crushed and broken, and are curled up by the pressure.

    Thus they become subangular discs, each with a flat interior and

    a bruised turned-up edge, like a pancake. Again the motion of

    the surface of the water, due as often as not to tide, separates

    these discs; again they are hustled together and bruised and get

    their edges still more turned up. This goes on continually, and

    meanwhile the discs are thickening and solidifying with the con–

    tinued low temperature. This ice is known as ‘Pancake ice’” (8; 66).

    Passive method of construction . Method of construction in which the regime

    of the frozen ground at and near the structure is not disturbed

    (31). (See Active method .)

    Passive permafrost . Permafrost that was formed during earlier, colder

    climates. If destroyed it does not reappear (31).

    Patches . Collections of drift ice, the limits of which are visible (57).

    Peat mound ( Torfhuegel [G]. See Frost mound .

    Pelagic ice . An obsolete expression for ice formed in the open ocean, removed

    from land influences (27).

    Pellicular water . Water adhering as film to rock surfaces or to the surfaces

    of grains that compose the rock. Pellicular water is stored water

    above the capillary fringe (31).

    Penitent snow or ice . Snow or ice which has been ablated until curious pillars

    or columns of snow remain standing out from the lowered snow level.

    The term is a translation from Spanish; the formation is rarely ob–

    served in the polar regions (40; 64). (See Nieve penitente .)

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    Penknife ice . See Candle ice .

    Pereletok [R]. See Intergelisol .

    Perforated crust . A snow crust containing small pits and hollows, formed

    by sun evaporation (40).

    Pergelation . See Aggradation of permafrost .

    Pergelisol . See Permafrost .

    Permafrost ( Constant soil congelation, Dauerfrostboden [G], Ever-frozen

    ground, Gefrornis [G], Pergelisol, Permanently frozen ground ,

    Vechnaia merzlota [R]).
    That section of frozen ground, below

    the active layer, which remains permanently below the melting

    point (7; 31; 52).

    Permafrost, active, aggradation of, degradation of, dry, induced, layered ,

    passive, sporadic .
    See Active permafrost, Aggradation of

    permafrost, etc.

    Permafrost islands . Spots of permafrost, with upper surfaces usually from

    5 to 10 or more feet down, which may extend to a moderate depth

    but which are of limited lateral extent and are surrounded by

    extensive areas wholly without permafrost (31). (See Sporadic

    permafrost .)

    Permafrostology ( Merzlotovedenie [R]). The science of permafrost (31).

    Permafrost table . An irregular surface which represents the upper limit

    of permafrost (31).

    Permanently frozen ground . See Permafrost .

    Pfannkucheneis [G]. See Pancake ice .

    Piedmont glacier . A glacier formed by the fusion of two or more valley

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    glaciers and occupying, in the form of a broad sheet, level or

    gently sloping lowlands at the base of steep mountain slopes

    (41; 64). (See Confluent ice .)

    Pinching . See Nip .

    Pingok [E] ( Mud volcano ). A mound of dome or truncated-cone shape, rising

    in permafrost country, usually from level or gently rolling land,

    composition fine mud or gravel mud, height range up to 250 feet,

    frequently with a crater-type lake, hence the white man name “mud

    volcano.” If very small, the crater pond may not have broken out;

    but often the pond has found one or many avenues of overflow, so

    that the crater edge presents a serrated appearance when viewed

    from a distance. Leffingwell believes these mounds, particularly

    the large ones, caused by the development of artesian conditions,

    water breaking through from below and piling up the mud and gravel.

    Pingoks have been reported chiefly from western and northern Alaska

    and northwestern Canada, where the Eskimo word refers to the sort

    of hill just described; in West Greenland the word is pingo and refers

    to a small vegetation hummock created through manure fertilization

    where a bird habitually sits (26; 47; 49). (See Frost mound .)

    Pingorssarajuk [E]. See Frost mound .

    Pink snow ( Crimson snow, Red snow ). The expression is used for snow which,

    when viewed in springtime from a distance and at certain angles from

    the sun, shows a tinge various described as yellow, orange, pink,

    crimson. The color is produced by tiny plants, frequently Sphaerella

    nivalis ; in the Arctic it is observed in snowbanks at sea, as well

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    as on land, and appears to be most noticeable when the snow is

    slightly warmed by day to freeze again during the night. There

    is enough of it on the sea ice at times to cause a pink glow in a

    clouded sky (47). (See Color sky, Sky map .

    Plate ice . See Pancake ice .

    Plateau ice sheet . A glacier which occupies a more or less flat and plateau–

    like area (as opposed to a mountain ice sheet which covers a moun–

    tainous, uneven area), the accumulating snow taking the superficial

    form of an ice sheet or icecap (15; 64).

    Plavuchii led [R]. Floating ice.

    Plavun [R]. Literally, “something that floats.” Sometimes used as a synonym

    for drift ice, also slud [R] (31; 60).

    Plowshare . A plowshare-shaped depression in snow due to sun evaporation sim–

    ilar to that occurring in perforated crust, but intensified. A

    plowshare faces the sun at its highest point; Seligman has measured

    some 2 feet, 6 inches long (40). (See Foam crust .)

    Podoshva lda [R]. See Ice foot .

    Pogonip . See Air hoar .

    Poias [R]. See Belt .

    Polar . Used to designate arctic and antarctic areas. It is also used to

    refer to various characteristics and aspects of this region, such

    as polar ice and polar climate (49).

    Polar fast ice . Fast ice formed by the grounding and cementing together of

    polar ice (51).

    Polar glacier . At least in its higher and upper part, a polar glacier consists

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    of hard firn formed by slow recrystallization of the annual sur–

    plus of accumulated solid precipitation. The temperature of the

    glacier is below freezing even in summer down to a certain depth

    (according to Seligman, of at least several hundred ft.). Ahlmann

    divides polar glacier into high-polar and subpolar glaciers (1).

    Polar ice ( Poliarnyi led [R]). Sea ice that is more than one year old and

    which has been subject to hummocking. It is thought of as having

    drifted down from higher latitudes (4 8 7 ).

    Polar icecap . The term is historically derived from the mistaken Graeco–

    Roman belief that there would be icecaps extending symmetrically

    in all directions from both poles — the northern was supposed by

    Str o a bo to extend to the vicinities of Scotland and the Caspian Sea,

    Unless confined to the Antarctic Continent, where an icecap exists

    that nearly conforms to the old view, the expression “polar icecap”

    should not be used; for at best it is confusing. The only great

    icecap of the Northern Hemisphere lies upon Greenland and has its

    north end more than 400 miles from the Pole, while some of it is

    in the North Temperate Zone; it should be called the Greenland

    icecap (47). (See Icecap, Inland ice .)

    Polar pack ( Arctic pack, Banquise polaire [F]). As distinguished from pack ,

    or heavy pack, the expression refers to that 80% or so of the

    Arctic Sea which surrounds the Pole of Inaccessibility or Ice Pole

    and into which ships cannot penetrate (47). (See Paleocrystic ice .)

    Poles of cold ( Cold poles ). The places on the earth’s surface, in the

    Northern and Southern Hemispheres, which have the extreme minimum

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    temperatures. The northern cold pole is apparently still about

    75 miles north of the Arctic Circle near Verkhoiansk, Siberia,

    so far as published records go (variously given, with corrections,

    at −93° and −95°F.); but since the weather-reporting station of

    Oimekon was established, southeast of Verkhoiansk some 200 miles

    south of the Circle, consistently lower minima have been reported

    from there and it may eventually gain the record. (If annual

    means instead of extreme minima were considered, the cold pole of

    the Northern Hemisphere would no doubt be somewhere in interior

    Greenland.) (47)

    Pole of Inaccessibility (Ice Pole). That spot in the Arctic Sea which is

    most remote from all points on the outer margin of the arctic

    pack that can barely be reached at any time of year by a ship

    under her own power. Preliminary estimates are that the Pole of

    Inaccessibility is around 400 miles from the North Pole in the

    direction toward Bering Strait, thus near 84° N. and 160° W. (47).

    Poliarnyi led [R]. See Polar ice .

    Polasa lda [R]. See Belt .

    Polygonal markings . General term for polygonal surface markings of the

    ground found in areas that are affected by frost action. This

    formation may also occur in settling snow. They are variously

    referred to as drought polygons, fissure polygons (primary and

    secondary), Karreeböden, mud-flat polygons, mud polygons, Poly

    gonböden, rudemarks (rutmarken), soil polygons, Spaltennetz ,

    Steinnetz, Steinringe, stone polygons, Strukturböden, “tundra”

    polygons, Zellenböden (31; 39).

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    Polynia [R], river . An unfrozen portion or window in river ice which remains

    unfrozen during all or a part of the winter owing to a strong

    current or to a local inflow of warm water either from a subaqueous

    spring or from a tributary (31). (See Clearing, Wake .)

    Polynia [R], sea . Any large enclosed area of water, other than a crack or

    lead, among fields and floes of pack ice. From this developed

    the “polynia theory” of an “open polar sea” which was favored by

    many geographers and explorers in the 19th century (47).

    Pond ice . Formed by the freezing of still, fresh water (40).

    Pool . Water contained in a depression in fields or floes. Some authors

    narrow the term to depressions in sea ice containing fresh water;

    others broaden it to a synonym for polynia (47) . (See Puddle .)

    Pothole . A hole down into ice and produced in the spring when the sun, on

    striking some dark object on the ice, produces local heat that

    enables the dark object to melt its way downward more rapidly than

    the surrounding ice can thaw. If the hole gets deep enough to

    perforate the ice to the sea below, it becomes a drain hole (47).

    (See Breathing hole, Dust hole .)

    Powder snow . The early, powdery, or loose-lying stage of fallen snow (40).

    Pozemka [R]. A gale during which no snow is falling; all the flying snow is

    wind-blown drift picked up from the ground (34a). (See Natirvik .)

    Pressure . Any movement of sea ice (upward, downward, or both) from its orig–

    inally level position, usually as a result of lateral movement of

    the ice under the influence of wind or current. Land ice subject

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    to pressure is said to be “disturbed.” In sea ice, pressure or

    hummocking often works in the sequence: (1) bending, (2) tenting ,

    (3) rafting, and (4) screwing (57). ) (See Disturbed ice ,

    Pressure ridge .)

    Pressure area . Area of hummocked ice formed by floes pressed together and

    piled up (66).

    Pressure ice ( Screw ice, Szhatyi led [R]). Ice fragments in heaps, some–

    times ridges, produced by crushing (47).

    Pressure ice foot ( Stranded hummock ). Pressure ridge driven by a gale up

    onto the shore or onto a tidal platform. Freezing spray may then

    transform it into an ice foot. Sometimes referred to as stranded

    pressure ridge (57).

    Pressure melting . Partial melting of ice by pressure, which lowers the

    melting point, thus causing heat to flow in from the surroundings (3).

    Pressure melting point . The temperature at which ice will melt at a given

    pressure other than atmospheric. This causes the temperature

    within a glacier, under pressure from the overlying ice, to be

    slightly depressed from the freezing temperature under normal at–

    mospheric conditions (14).

    Pressure ridge . Pressure heaps arranged in a long row, usually because the

    floes or fields responsible for the ridge have met so that nearly

    straight edges press against each other (47).

    Pribrezh n yi toros [R]. See Coastal hummock .

    Prilivnoi greben [R]. Ice thrown against the coast by tides; sometimes mixed

    with sand and gravel (6).

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    Pris [F]. See Nip .

    Progalina [R]. See Clearing .

    Proglacial deposits . Deposits made beyond the limits of a glacier. Three kinds

    of deposit constitute this group, accumulated respectively in streams,

    in lakes, and in the sea (15).

    Promoina [R]. Crack caused by currents (55).

    Pripei [R]. See Fast ice .

    Prorub [R]. An opening cut in the ice (55).

    Protaline [R]. A thawed area where naked earth or liquid water is visible (60).

    Pseudo island of talik . Unfrozen ground beneath the seasonally frozen ground

    ( active layer ) surrounded and underlain by continuous permafrost (31).

    Puddle . A depression in sea ice, filled with water (43). (See Pool .)

    Pul a o [R]. See Slob .

    Purga [R]. See Blizzard .

    Pyramidy iceberg . An iceberg that is not blocky; the form varies widely (47).

    Quor . The ice that results when water oozes from the ground in winter and

    freezes. Usually this ice is partly made up from the slush first

    produced when the upcoming water wets snow that is already on the

    ground. The expression is from the fur trade (Hudson’s Bay Company)

    (12). (See Icing .)

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    Rafted ice ( Mnogosloinyi led [R], Nabivnoi led [R], Telescoped ice, Tented

    ice ice , Trains de glace Trains de glace [F].
    Ice, consisting to two or more layers,

    formed by relatively thin pieces of ice being pushed upon or

    beneath other pieces under pressure (6; 47).

    Rafting ( Flottage [F]). Overriding of one or more floes under pressure,

    producing ice of two, three, or more layers in thickness (6; 47).

    (See Bending, Hummocking, Icing, Laminated ice, Screwing, Tenting .)

    Rain crust . Formed by the snow surface becoming wetted through by rain and

    subsequently freezing. Channels are common in rain crust (40).

    (See Glitter .)

    Ram ( Taran [R]). A snag jutting out below the water line from a floe or berg,

    produced either by the melting of the ice due to an increase in

    the temperature of the surface water, or by the original projection

    of a lower comp o nent of rafted ice (47). (See Submerged ice foot .)

    Ramming ( Bucking ). Charging ice with a ship under full power, then backing

    up and charging again. New England whalers in Alaska waters com–

    monly spoke of repeated charging as bucking the ice (47). (See Boring .)

    Rauheis [G]. See Rime .

    Rauhfrost [G]. See Rime .

    Ravine . An opening in the ice eroded by a current (43).

    Razrezhennyi led [R]. See Open ice .

    Razdroblennyi led [R]. See Brash .

    Razvodie [R]. See Lead .

    Reconstituted glaciers . See Regenerated glaciers .

    Redkii led [R]. See Drift ice .

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    Red snow . See Pink snow .

    Regelation . The process involving partial thawing of ice crystals at points

    of contact where pressure is most intense, followed by prompt

    refreezing when the pressure is relieved. Bader describes it as

    “the freezing together of pieces of ice (dry or wet) without heat

    loss” (3; 28; 41).

    Regenerated glaciers ( Reconstituted or Recemented glaciers ). A glacier

    nourished primarily by avalanching from one or more glaciers at

    a higher level. A regenerated glacier may also be a glacier which

    becomes active after a period of sta g nation (14).

    Regimen of glaciers . By the regimen or material balance of a glacier is

    meant its total accumulation volume during one accumulation season

    and its total gross ablation volume during the following ablation

    season. If the accumulation volume is larger than the ablation,

    regimen has been balanced for a number of years, or if years of

    positive regimen have alternated with years of negative, leaving

    the dimensions of the glacier unchanged, the glacier is in equil–

    ibrium (1).

    Regional snow line . The level above which snow accumulates from year to year

    to generate ice bodies over a large part or all of the land,

    depending upon, altitude, topography, and precipitation

    (28). (See Climatic snow line .)

    Reifgraupeln [G]. See Sphaerokristalle .

    Residual ice . Glacial ice which lacks down-valley movement; heaps of ice

    which were formerly parts of a glacier. May in some cases be

    groups of former icebergs in or upon the site of a glacial lake

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    which has been drained, or below the position of a valley-side

    glacier which as tumbled downward during a heavy earthquake (27a).

    Residual swelling . The difference between the original prefreezing level

    of the ground and the level reached by the settling after the

    ground is completely thawed (31).

    Rime ( Givre [F], Ice feathers, Nebelreif [G], Rauheis [G], Rauhfrost [G]).

    An icy structure formed on the upwind side of solid objects by

    the deposition and freezing of supercooled cloud droplets. It

    may be a mixture of snow crystals and water droplets but in its

    commonest form has fine feathery texture and opaque appearance

    (39). (See Glaze .)

    Rimey . Snow that sticks to the gliding surfaces of sleds, particularly

    toboggans, in mild weather, making them drag heavy. Term comes

    from the fur trade (Hudson’s Bay Company) (12; 47). (See Sticky

    surface .)

    Ripples . Structures formed when snow is being driven along the surface by

    a wind which is strong enough to pick up the smaller grains but

    unable to pick up the larger one. Ripples may also be formed by

    ablation (40).

    River ice . Ice formed in rivers. At sea it never represents more than a

    very small part of the floating ice and is unlikely to be met with

    far from the river delta. The expression is also used for ice

    which has become honeycombed during melting and which, therefore,

    lacks the strength of other ice. May also apply to ice which dis–

    integrates easily because it has become (or always was) fresh and

    is now candling (47; 55). (See Candle ice .)

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    Roches moutonn e é es [F]. Series of irregular undu l ating bosses formed on the

    bedrock surface by the wearing down of glacial action. They have

    striated and polished surfaces, especially on their stoss sides,

    and were recognized as early as 1787 by Saussure who named them

    in fancied resemblance to contemporary wigs slicked down with

    mutton tallow. This term has been widely misapplied and mistrans–

    lated and according to Flint is of doubtful value at best (15).

    Ropak [R] ( Rubak [R]). Single, small, upright hummock (10; 55).

    Rotten ice ( Glace pourrie [F], Gniloi led [R], Rykhlyi led [R], Spring sludge ).

    Sea water floes which have become much honeycombed in the process

    of melting; river or lake ice that is disintegrating through

    candling (47; 66).

    Rough ice . Fast ice, floe or field, that has been made uneven by ridges and

    hummocks of pressure ice (47).

    Rovnyi led . See Level ice .

    Rubak [R]. See Ropak .

    Ruban [R]. See Ice foot .

    Rubber ice . Young salt-water ice that is strong enough to carry the weight in

    question but which is nevertheless still so pliable that it well bend

    gradually, as when a loaded sledge can cross a lead covered with

    young ice but must keep moving because if it stopped the ice would

    gradually bend under the weight, finally giving way. Also applied

    to freshwater ice having a thickness of not over one inch and

    which behaves in a similar manner (39; 47).

    Running ice . Ice in motion or capable of drifting rather rapidly under the

    influence of wind or current, in contrast to fast ice (33; 43).

    Rykhlyi led [R]. See Rotten ice .

    Ryntsala [R?]. Polynia between fast ice and drift ice (55).

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    Sailing ice ( Glace navigable [F]). Ice which is so open as to permit a sail–

    ing vessel to navigate without difficulty (6; 57). (See Drift

    ice, Open ice, Scattered ice .)

    Sallying . Rolling vessel by means of crew running from side to side in order

    to loosen ice round the ship and allow her to make headway (6; 66).

    Salo [R]. See Ice fat .

    Salt crust . Salt that gets eliminated (“squeezed out”) from young ice and

    pushed upward so it forms at first a brine layer on top of [ ?] the

    ice and later a crust of salt or, at least, of ice with a heavy

    salt content. When snow fells, to blanket the ice from the chill

    of the air, the salt crust melts to form brine slush. As long as

    no snow falls upon it, it salt crust gives a sandlike character

    to the surface of the young ice, so that a sledge drags heavy,

    almost as if being pulled across bare ground (47). (See Ice flowers .)

    Sand snow . Snow at −20°C, (−4°F.) or lower, which has such quality that

    neither ski nor sledge will glide easily on it. The surface (e.g.,

    sled runner) glides with more difficulty the lower the temperature, but this

    drag is also dependent on the material of the runner or shoeing (40; 47).

    Sarrazins [F]. See Brash .

    Sastrugi . See Zastruga .

    Satin ice . See Acicular ice .

    Scattered ice . The sea is from 10 to 20% covered with ice cakes and floes

    (45; 47). (See Open ice, Sailing ice .)

    Schelfeis [G]. See Shelf ice .

    Schneewasser [G]. See Snow-water pool .

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    Scholleneis [G]. See Hummocky floes .

    Screw ice . See Pressure ice .

    Screwing . The stage or form of ice pressure, usually violent, when the floes

    that are being crushed have rotating motion. To vessels in the

    pack, this is the most dangerous form of pressure. From the Norwegian

    skrue, to twist (47). (See Bending, Hummocking, Rafting, Tenting .)

    Screwing pack . Floes in rotary motion due to the influence of wind or other

    sources of pressure. The expression is also used for an area of

    pack in which differential ice motion of any sort is creating pres–

    sure ridges (47).

    Sea bar . See Ice edge .

    Sea ice . Any ice that originated by the freezing of sea water (47).

    Sea smoke . See Frost smoke .

    Sem [R]. Used in White Sea area for a lead between ice fields, filled with

    broken ice. The ice may be sparse, thick, or compressed; when

    sparse a sem (pronounced see-om) may be used by a vessel as a

    passage (10).

    S e é racs [F]. Irregular ice columns or blocks formed by the splitting up of

    glacier ice under tension and aided by melting due to the sun in

    an ice fall or near an ice cliff. The name derives from a cheese

    which the formations resemble (14; 51a; 57).

    Sernik [E]. See Glacier .

    Settled snow . Snow that has settled into a close-lying powdery form; the

    “good powder snow” of the skier (40).

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    Settling snow . Snow intermediate between new snow new snow and settled snow settled snow (40).

    Shchenki [R]. See Calving .

    Shear cracks . Cracks in glaciers or sea ice caused by differential movement.

    The sheared parts undergo a displacement parallel to the plane of

    the crack (47).

    Sheet ice or Sheets . Large floes, from acres to square miles in area (New–

    foundland term) (33).

    Shelf ice ( Barrier, Glace de socle [F], Ice barrier, Schelfeis [G]. Shelf

    ice is a descriptive or generic term used in a wide sense for

    ice formations with level surface which originate from accumula–

    tions of firn layers either upon persistent sea ice or upon the

    seaward extension of land glaciers, but now essentially nourished

    by annual accumulations of snow. The seaward edge is afloat.

    Special features are the great horizontal extents and the vertical

    cliffs up to 150 feet in height on the seaward face, with prominent

    horizontal banding and clean-cut joint faces from which tabular bergs

    periodically break off. It has been suggested by Brian Roberts that

    “shelf ice” be used as a descriptive morphological term, also as a

    geographical term compounded in place names, and that ice barrier

    be restricted to the seaward-facing cliffs of areas of shelf ice

    (37a; 41; 47; 67).

    Shell ice . See Cat ice .

    Shock crack ( Concussion crack ). A fissure in an insert floe produced by the

    impact of a rapidly moving floe. Such cracks are transverse to

    the pressure ridge produced (57).

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    Shore clearing . Space of open water formed near the shore during the melting

    of the ice, usually caused by relatively warm thaw water coming

    off the land (47). (See Shore lead .)

    Shore ice . Used by some authors as a synonym of fast ice (47). (See Ice foot .)

    Shore lead ( Skvoznoi vodianoi zabereg [R]). A lead between drift ice and

    shore, or between drift ice and fast ice, or between fast ice and

    shore. The first two types may develop in any season, usually with

    offshore winds; the third type occurs only in summer, when the

    landward margin of fast ice melts. The outer edge of the fast ice,

    and the water just beyond either or both, are called the flaw (47).

    (See Shore clearing .)

    Shuga [R]. See Sludge .

    Sikuijuitsoq [E]. A fjord always full of ice; literally, “one that refuses

    to free itself of ice” (47).

    Sikuleq [E]. See Iceberg .

    Sikussak [E]. Very old ice, which does not drift, i.e., located in fjords

    that seldom become clear of ice, as on the north coast of Greenland.

    Resembles glacier ice, since it is formed to a great extent by

    snowfall and wind-blown snow (47). (See Fast ice, Ice island , Paleocrystic

    ice, Shelf ice .)

    Silver thaw . See Ice storm .

    Skafl, Skaflar [I] or Skavl, Skavler [N]. A steep snowdrift. This borrowing

    from the Scandinavian, suggested by Seligman, would appear, in

    effect, to take the place of borrowing zastruga from the Russian.

    However, Seligman suggests that both words be borrowed, each with

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    an arbitrarily assigned meaning: skaflar or skavler to denote a

    sea of large erosion waves over a wide field, and zastruga to

    denote individual waves of skavler. The Norwegians have two

    other terms related to skavl: hangeskavl, a steep snowdrift

    which develops on a slope or on one side of a peak and has a

    flat or sloping upper surface with a vertical or concave front;

    and vindskavler, which applies to a series of skavler on an

    otherwise flat or sloping surface (40; 47; 51).

    Sklianka [R]. See Glass ice .

    Skvoznoi vodianoi zabereg [R]. See Shore lead .

    Sky map ( Cloud map ). The mirroring of a landscape in a clouded sky. A

    white or whitish area beneath is represented by white or lightish

    shading above it which is referred to as a blink, for instance

    iceblink, snowblink; a dark section is referred to as a sky, for

    instance water sky, land sky. A sky map approaches perfection

    as the clouds on the overcast day approach uniformity (47). (See

    Color sky, Glare .)

    Sla c k ice . See Open ice .

    Sleet . Frozen raindrops according to some authorities, wet snowflakes ac–

    cording to others; also called ice pellets (2 1 ; 26).

    Slewing . See Boring .

    Slob or Slob ice ( Glace morcel e é e [F], Ledianaia kasha [R], Pulo [R]).

    Sludge ice pressed together, forming a compact layer through

    which underpowered vessels cannot pass (47). (See Brash .)

    Slood . See Slud .

    Slot ice ( Glace stri e é e [F]). Ice slotted by erosion (47).

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    Slud ( Slood ). Skin of wet snow that freezes on surface of land, ice, or

    some object; when on land it is differentiated from glitter by

    being more obviously snowlike, less glassy, and usually less con–

    tinuous or extensive. From the Scandinavian for slushy snow:

    Old Norse and modern Icelandice, sluth ; Danish, slud ; New Nor–

    wegian, sludd (6; 47). (See Nast .)

    Slud [R]. A form of young sea ice (25).

    Sludge or Sludge ice ( Ice sludge, Shuga [R]). Ice imperfectly formed and

    floating on or mixed with a considerable amount of water; the

    ice crystals are formed but do not adhere to each other, or do

    so only slightly. Sludge may also be formed by snow falling or

    drifting into water. In commonest American usage sludge is the

    end result of the grinding process which first produced brash ;

    slush being reserved for the newly formed crystals making in the

    open sea. Another group however believes that when slush is

    growing in thickness, sludge is formed. Europeans often use

    sludge and slush interchangeably (43; 45; 47; 51).

    Sludge cakes . See Brash cakes .

    Sludge floes . See Brash floes .

    Sludge lumps . Small irregular lumps formed by the freezing of sludge during

    strong winds (47).

    Slush . An a a c cumulation of ice crystals which are not, or are only slightly,

    frozen together. The slush gives the sea sur f ace a grayish color,

    and wind ripples disappear. Slush may be formed by snow falling

    on sufficiently cooled water; on land or ice, by rain falling on

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    snow, by a thaw of snow, from sleet, or from the accumulation

    of frazil ice on surfaces (39; 43; 47). (See Ice fat, Sludge .)

    Small hail . Hail which falls almost exclusively in showers in semitrans–

    parent round or conical grains from 0.08 to 0.20 inches in

    diameter. There is usually a snow pellet nucleus with a thin

    ice layer around it. They are generally wet and fall from broken

    shower clouds, which helps to distinguish them from sleet that

    usually falls from a solid layers of clouds (53a). (See Hail ,

    Hailstone .)

    Smoroz [R]. See Ice field, Level ice .

    Snezhnitsa [R]. See Snow-water pool .

    Snezhura [R]. Ice, the first crust of which has been formed in considerable

    part from snow falling or drifting into freezing water (68). (See

    Snow ice .)

    Snout . See Terminus .

    Snow . Solid precipitation formed in the atmosphere by sublimation of water

    vapor onto minute solid nuclei, but it is now believed that at

    temperatures of -39°C. It may form spontaneously. In Eskimo there

    is no over-all name for snow. When falling it is kannik ; when

    lying on the ground it is apun ; when used to melt into drinking

    water or cooking, it is anniu, etc. (39; 47; 48).

    Snow, compacted, corn, creeping, fallen, firn, advanced, firn, dry granular ,

    firn, new, new, old, penitent, pink, powder, sand, settled, settling ,

    spring, telemark, water, wet, wild .
    See Compacted snow, Corn snow, etc.

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    Snow banner . A banner-like stream of snow blown into the air from a mountain

    peak or ridge and sometimes extending horizontally several miles

    across the sky (63; 64).

    Snow barchans . See Barchans .

    Snowblink . See Blink, Sky map .

    Snowbound . Unable to leave a given place, with such means as are available,

    because of excessive snow (47).

    Snowbreak . (1) A melting of snow; a thaw. (2) A breaking of trees by snow;

    also an area over which there has been such breakage. (3) A pro–

    tective bar r ier, as of trees, planted or growing naturally so that

    they keep snow from blocking tracks, roads, etc. This last meaning

    is similar to that of snow fence, as used to protect highway or

    railway from snow on a prairie (63).

    Snow cones . Small cones of snow which, because they are sheltered by stones,

    remain after water erosion has lowered the level of the surrounding

    snow (39).

    Snow cornice . See Cornice .

    Snow cover . The bed of snow which is superposed on the ground surface. To

    fully describe a snow cover, a snow profile is required to indicate

    the stratification, temperatures, densities, grain sizes and shapes,

    and the hardness of each individual layer of the snow cover (51a).

    Snowcrete . Snow hardened at low temperatures through mechanical compaction

    and through time enough for setting (one or several hours). The

    tread of an animal compresses new-fallen dry snow the later the

    wind sweeps the rest of the snow away, to leave the footprints

    standing each on its own slender stalk; the tracks of a sledge,

    under similar conditions will emerge looking like the fails on a

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    railway track. Some confusion of meaning has arisen through the

    occasional application of the term to mechanically compacted mix–

    tures of snow with other materials. It should probably not be

    extended, either, to include the icelike result of pressure upon

    snow at the thaw point (38; 47; 51a ). (See Apun, Compacted snow ,

    Icecrete .)

    Snow crystal . A growth of water molecules assuming a symmetrical, crystal–

    line form which grows directly from the vapor phase (39).

    Snow cushion . An accumulation of snow on a lee slope deposited in a calm

    or under influence of gentle winds or eddies. In the Alps the

    name used to be Sch n eeschild, snow shield, now changed there to

    Schneesack, snow bag. Snow cushion would appear to describe this

    formation better and serve to distinguish it from the ordinary

    snowdrift (40).

    Snowdrift ( Cong e è re [F], Fann [D], Sugrob [R]). In Great Britain, Ireland,

    etc., any accumulation of snow, usually applied to any deepening

    of snow in a flat countryside or elsewhere. In North America,

    applied to snow piled by the wind into a ridge that has a long

    axis parallel to the direction of the wind that built it up.

    Thus, in North America, but not in Britain, the word is about

    synonymous with skafl ( skavl ) and zastruga (40; 47).

    Snow dust . Snow borne by the wind in fine particles (63).

    Snowflake . An aggregate of snow crystals and particles. Seligman defines

    a snowflake as any “snow in the act of falling” and says that:

    “After the snowflake has reached the ground it quickly alters in

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    character and to distinguish it from snowflakes on the one hand

    and glacier ice on the other I suggest the group name ‘fallen

    snow,’” whereupon fallen snow becomes synonymous with the Eskimo

    apun (39; 40; 47; 51a). (See Kannik, Snow .)

    Snow garland . Snow festooned from trees or other objects to form a sort

    of rope, as much as three feet long and seven inches thick. The

    usual explanation is that the snow crystals, being wet, are drawn

    to their neighbors by the surface tension of water films (53a).

    Snow hardness . The resistance of a snow mass to penetration. It is a

    measure of the strength of the bonding of the constituent snow

    particles, generally expressed in pounds per square inch (or in

    kilograms per square centimeter), and measured by means of

    specially designed penetrometers (51a).

    Snow ice . Ice which has resulted from the metamorphism of snow its firn

    or glacier ice. It is a mass of granules, each an individual

    crystal, and there is a high air content, the amount diminishing

    in the change from firn to glacier ice. Among recent Soviet

    writers the Russian equivalent, snezhura, has been used for young

    ice, the first crust of which was formed in considerable part by

    snow falling or drifting into water (3; 26; 68).

    Snow line . See Climatic snow line, Regional snow line .

    Snow peck . A local Rocky Mountain term designating a field of naturally packed snow

    which gives a steady supply of water for purposes like irrigation (53a).

    Snow pellet . See Graupel .

    Snow rift . The development of a crack in a snow slope. This is nearly always

    of arched form, developing slowly (40).

    Snow roller . A mass of snow, generally muff-shaped, rolled up by the wind (63).

    Snow sky . See Blink, Glare, Sky map .

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    Snowslide . A downslope snow movement only a few yards in area and a few

    inches in depth wh i ch comes to rest soon. It is too small to be

    called an avalanche (40).

    Snowstorm . Large numbers of snow crystals or flakes falling in a continuous

    stream from the sky and restricting visibility to about a mile.

    The usual connotation is that there is some wind, though not

    enough to make a blizzard (39; 47). (See Birktok, Blizzard ,

    Kannik .)

    Snow swamp . Deep snow that has an excessive amount of water in it, turning

    it to a gruel-like state so that animals and men sink in it readily.

    This may occur in very deep mountain snow because there is farther

    down an impervious ice layer that holds water from draining, or

    it may be due to land contours; at sea the snow swamps are most

    troublesome to foot travelers, sleds, and dogs when traversing

    peleocrystic floes and fields or badly humnocked ice in late

    spring (40; 47).

    Snow-water pool ( Eau de neige [F], Snezhnitsa [R], Schneewasser [G]). Formed

    by the melting of fresh snow on the surface of sea ice in the

    spring. In frosty weather these pools become covered with a thin

    layer of ice called naslud (6; 70).

    Snow worm . See Ice worm .

    Snow wreath . A mound or whirl of drifting snow; a snowdrift (63).

    Soft hail . Snowflakes, exceptionally a hailstone, to which supercooled fog

    droplets have attached themselves and frozen, called Frostgraupeln

    and considered anal a o gous to rime (40). (See Graupel .)

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    Soil blister . See Frost blister .

    Solifluction . According to J. G. Andersson who coined this term, it is

    the slow flowing from higher to lower ground of masses of detritus

    saturated with water (2b).

    Spatial dendrite . See Dendrite, spatial .

    Sphaerokristalle [G]. Single prismatic crystals which have grown until

    they have assumed an approximately spherical shape. They appear

    to be skin to another sublimation form, Reifgraupeln, and are

    referred to in the definitions of precipitation forms in the

    International Cloud Atlas, which gives them what Seligman considers

    the misleading English name of “granular snow”; he

    describes them as being very brittle, shattering if they fall

    on a hard surface (40).

    Spicule fog ( Confetti ice, Crystal fog, Frost flakes, Ice confetti, Ice-

    crystal fog
    At low temperatures in still air of relatively

    high humidity a drop in temperature may bring condensation into

    ice crystals. With slight air motion the flakes build up into

    ice on the windward side of an obstruction and can build up fast

    on speeding planes. It is probable that a coexistence of super

    cooled fog or water droplets and ice crystals forms the rime

    deposits on the airplanes. Ground observers note the shimmering

    particles most easily at certain angles to a low sun when they

    appear as silver confetti fluttering down. Horizontal visibility

    is interfered with slightly or moderately, while vertically the

    interference is negligible (39; 46; 47).

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    Splochennyi led [R]. See Close ice .

    Sploshnoi led [R]. See Compact ice .

    Sporadic permafrost . Permanently frozen ground occurring as scattered

    islands in the area of dominantly unfrozen ground (31). (See

    Permafrost islands .)

    Spray ice . Formed by the freezing of spray blown onto structures, rocks,

    or ice (40).

    Spring crust . Spring snow after it has resumed the crusted state owing to

    the lowering of the temperature. When refreezing hardens the

    layers throughout its section, it becomes hard firn snow (40; 64).

    (See Corn snow, Water snow .)

    Spring powder . Settled powder snow which has become dampened by high tem–

    perature (40).

    Spring sludge . See Rotten ice .

    Spring snow . Firn snow of which the cement holding the grains together has

    been thawed so that they fall apart and lie lo o sely like fine

    gravel. Also called corn snow (39; 40; 64).

    Stagnant glaciers ( Dead glaciers ). Glaciers or portions of glaciers which

    have virtually ceased to flow and, because they no longer have

    an area of accumulation, are undergoing net loss of volume each

    year (14).

    Stamukha [R]. A separate accumulation of ice on sea or coastal shoals. The

    main difference from landfast ice is that stamukhi are not attached

    to the shore, and are mostly located on sea shoals. They form when

    a floe reaches enough thickness to ground on a bank or shoal; in

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    the event of pressure, ice is piled up in high accumulations and

    remains stationary through the winter, in some cases even for

    several years (10).

    Staryi led [R]. See Old Ice .

    Stationärer gletscher [G]. See Glacier in equilibrium .

    Staryi led [R]. See Old Ice .

    Stationary glacier . See Glacier in equilibrium .

    Steineis [G]. See Ground ice .

    Sticky surface . This expression has been used to describe snow which sticks

    to sledge runners and skis. The degree of stickiness depends on

    temperature and the material involved. For instance, snow at

    thawing temperature sticks least to smooth metal, like steel

    shoeings, and most to unprocessed wood; but the lower the tem–

    perature the more likely snow is to stick to a steel shoeing (47).

    (See Rimey .)

    Stone ice . See Ground ice .

    Storis [D and N]. Literally, The Great Ice, Scandinavian name for the

    heavier of the floes that crowd south from the Arctic Sea through

    the gap between northeastern Greenland and Spitsbergen. Some of

    this ice is of true peleocrystic nature but much of it consists

    of ordinary medium and heavy floes. Sometimes , unfortunately, Storis

    is used as a synonym for East Ice ( 44; 47). (See Paleocrystic ice .)

    Storm ice foot . An ice foot along the shore produced by the breaking of a

    heavy swell or the freezing of wind-driven spray (57).

    Strain crack . A crack that occurs in sea ice under tension (57).

    Stranded hummock . See Pressure ice foot .

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    Stranded ice . Heavy sea or glacier ice which has been stranded in shallow

    water (47). (See Grounded ice .)

    Stranded ice foot . Found on shelving beaches and due to stranded floes or to

    small bergs which are built upward by breaking swells and spray (57).

    Stranded pressure ridge . A pressure ridge, sometimes in relatively deep water,

    which has been heaped up, under the stress of onshore winds and

    currents, until the weight of the ice in the ridge which is above

    water has become enough to sink the lowest blocks in the ridge to

    where they touch the sea bottom. Ridges have been reported aground

    in 120 feet, west of Banks Island and elsewhere (47).

    Stream ice or Streams ( Strip ice or Strips ). Ice of any king drifting in

    strips that are very long in proportion to width. Under this head

    Bruce speaks of various kinds of ice, driven together by wind and

    current, which form into streams, miles in length, that lie at

    right angles to the wind. Stream joins stream and, in a storm,

    may increase into a formidable body of ice (8; 47).

    Strip ice or Strips . See Stream ice .

    Subgelisol . Zone of unfrozen ground below permafrost (9). (See Talik .)

    Sublimation . Process by which snow, ice, and frozen moisture pass from

    solid to vapor state, or vice versa, without passing through

    liquid condition (48).

    Submerged ice foot . A large mass of ice projecting under water in a horizontal

    direction from a glacier, iceberg, or floe (14; 51). (See Ram .)

    Subpermafrost water ( Subwater ). Groundwater in the unfrozen ground beneath

    the permafrost (31).

    Subpolar glacier . A glacier which, in its accumulation area, consists of

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    firn down to a depth of some 35 to 70 feet. In summer the

    temperatures permit surface melting accompanied by the forma–

    tion of fluid water (1). (See High-polar glacier, Polar glacier .)

    Subsoil ice . See Ground ice .

    Subterranean ice . See Ground ice .

    Subwater . See Subpermafrost water .

    Suffosion complex, Suffosion convex, Suffosion knob . See Frost mound .

    Sugrob [R]. See Snowdrift .

    Sun balls . Sunshine-created bells of snow that roll down a slope. Seligman

    says that when the sun strikes a snow slope effectively the sur–

    face grains thaw, “become dense and heavy, slide downhill, collect

    more snow, and soon hundreds of sun-balls have formed and broken

    up the unblemished smoothness of the slope” (40; 47).

    Sun crust . Any snow which has been superficially melted by the sun and re–

    frozen into a crust (3; 40).

    Sun pillar or streak . An optical effect produced by the multiple reflection

    of sunlight or moonlight from the flat surfaces of hexagonal ice-

    crystal plates as they flutter to the earth (39).

    Supercooled fog . Ground fog occurring at temperatures below freezing that

    consists of floating droplets of liquid water. This may occur at

    temperatures as low as −38.5°C. (39).

    Supercooled water . Bulk water which cools below 0°C. and yet does not greeze.

    It has been cooled in the laboratory to −38.5°C. (39).

    Superwater . See Suprapermafrost water .

    Supragelisol . See Suprapermafrost layer .

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    Suprapermafrost layer ( Supragelisol, Suprazone ). Zone above permafrost

    including active layer, talik, and pereletok (31).

    Suprapermafrost water ( Superwater ). Water in the ground above the perma–

    frost (31).

    Suprazone . See Suprapermafrost layer .

    Surface hoar . Crystals sublimed direct onto the snow surface (40).

    Surficial swelling . Swelling of ground, usually of small magnitude (2 to

    4 in.), caused by the freezing of water derived from the at–

    mosphere which penetrates to a small depth below the surface (31).

    Sweet-water ice . Ice formed from fresh water of rivers and lakes. This

    ice is “so transparent that it is scarcely to be distinguished

    from water,” while salt-water ice is, in contrast, milky (36).

    S’yom [R]. See Sem .

    Szhat h y i led [R]. See Pressure ice .

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    Tabetisol . See Talik .

    Tabular iceberg ( Barrier berg, Glace de socle [F], Iceberg tabulaire [F]).

    A berg formed from the outer edge of antarctic shelf ice. Flat–

    topped bergs seen in the arctic seas and North Atlantic are

    sometimes called tabular (47). (See Shelf ice .)

    Taele [S]. See Frozen ground .

    Talik [R] ( Tabetisol ). Layer of permanently unfrozen ground between active

    layer and permafrost, unfrozen ground within permafrost, or un–

    frozen ground beneath the permafrost (31; 48). (See Talik, temporary .)

    Talik, island of . See Island of talik .

    Talik, pseudo island of . See Pseudo island of talik .

    Talik, temporary . A layer of unfrozen ground between the active layer (sea–

    sonally frozen ground) and permafrost, whose unfrozen state is due

    to an occasio n al warm winter or unusually early snowfall. It usually

    disappears with the return of the normal winter regime (31).

    Talus ice . Ice preserved by becoming mixed with or buried under talus. Such

    ice “falls near the dividing line set … for ground ice” (26).

    Tangential adfreezing strength . Resistance to force required to shear off

    an object which is frozen to some other object or to the ground

    and to overcome the friction along the plane of contact (31).

    Taran [R]. See Ram .

    Tartysh [R]. See Growler .

    Taryn [R]. Land icings or “ice fields” which do not melt completely during

    the summer (31). (See Icing .)

    Telemark snow or curst . Hard snow or a crust thick enough not to be breakable

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    by skiers, but sufficiently softened on top to permit of turns

    being executed; an early stage of spring snow (40).

    Telescoped ice . See Rafted ice .

    Temperate glacier . A glacier whose substance consists of ice formed by

    rapid recrystallization of the annual surplus of solid precipita–

    tion. Throughout these glaciers the temperature corresponds to

    the melting point of the ice, except in the wintertime, when the

    top layer is frozen to a depth of not more than several feet (1).

    Tented ice . See Rafted ice, Tenting .

    Tenting . An occasionally observed second stage in behavior of ice under

    pressure, when a belt or expense of ice has bent upward until it

    broke near the top of the curve so that the pieces stand opposite

    each other, reminding of an A-tent or the first step in building

    a house of cards. A tenting formation is usually temporary, the

    “tent” breaking either to crumble into a pressure ridge, or one

    side to slip beneath the other, forming rafted ice (47). (See

    Bending, Hummocking, Rafting, Screwing .)

    Terminal lake . A body of water, usually static, at the terminus of an ice

    tongue (27a).

    Terminus . The lower extremity of a glacier, sometimes called the snout (14).

    T e ê te de femme [F]. See Niggerheads .

    Thaw cycle . The process and also the time interval, measured in years,

    through which a field or other area of old sea ice first gets

    thicker and thicker at practically all points in several years,

    and then begins to grow thinner in some parts while it continues

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    to thicken in others until one summer the process cuts the area

    into numerous very heavy floes which then can start drifting

    about independently (47). (See Thaw lake, Thaw river .)

    Thaw lake . The summer melting of sea ice, particularly if far from land

    among peleocrystic or other heavy fields, produces lakes which

    are at first only a few inches deep but which may get four or

    more feet deep toward the end of the season. The greater warming

    of liquid water than of ice by a direct sun enables these lakes

    not merely to deepen themselves but also to eat away their own

    edges or banks so as to grow in area. Thaw lakes may get to be

    several acres in size and are often connected by thaw rivers ;

    late in summer the network of these lakes and rivers may represent

    a quarter or more of the area of a field. Similar lakes may be

    formed upon large glaciers, particularly upon the inland ice of

    Greenland where they occur in a zone parallel to the nearest coast

    and intermediate between the ever-frozen interior and the crevassed

    marginal belt that has slopes too steep for the accumulation of

    thaw water in any quantity (47)., (See Frozen lakes, Thaw cycle ,

    Thaw river .)

    Thaw river . Channel in heavy ice which carries an appreciable current and

    which connects one thaw lake with another or with a lead into which

    the lake drains (47). (See Thaw cycle .)

    Thermal regime . Heat flow through, into, and out of masses of snow, ice, and

    ground in relation to the properties of the masses and of their

    environment, particularly atmospheric conditions (3).

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    Thermokarst . Uneven, irregular topography developed by the melting of ground ice.

    [ ?] It designates a thermal action that produces land forms which are

    similar to the sinkholes, funnels, and caverns that are produced in

    limestone terrain by the solvent action of water. Thermokarst

    derives from the Greek thermo and German Karst (49).

    Through glacier . An ice tongue overlying a rock divide with glacial ice

    flowing both ways from the snow divide (27a).

    Tiazhelyi led [R]. See Heavy ice .

    Tidal or Tidewater glacier . An ice tongue whose terminus enters the sea (27a).

    Tidal platform ice foot . Produced during the colder months of the year by the

    rise and fall of the tide (57). (See Ice foot .)

    Tide crack . The line of junction between an immovable ice foot and fast ice,

    the latter being subject to rise and fall of the tide (66).

    Tjäle [S]. See Frozen ground .

    Tongue . A projection of the ice edge ice edge which may be several miles bng, caused,

    by wind and current. In the 19th century and until recently, it

    was a tonguelike projection extending under water in a horizontal

    direction from an iceberg or floe. This is now usually termed

    submerged ice foot submerged ice foot (27; 35; 51). (See Glacier tongue, Ram .)

    Torfhuegel [G]. See Peat mound .

    Toros [R], Torosistyi led [R]. See Hummock .

    Torsion crack . A result of screwing and shearing of the pack, producing a

    chain of pods or zigzag leads (57).

    Trains de glace [F]. See Rafted ice .

    Transection glacier . A glacier that nearly or quite fills a valley system,

    overflowing the passes between the valleys (41).

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    Trebeis [G]. See Pack .

    Tremor . See Ice tremor .

    Treschins [R]. See Crack .

    Tributary glacier . An ice tongue which enters and partly feeds a main glacier

    [ ?] (27a).

    Triple point . The conditions of temperature and pressure under which certain

    substances, including water, may exist simultaneously as a vapor,

    liquid, and solid; in the case of water at atmospheric pressure,

    this point has a temperature of 0.01°F. (51a)

    Trunk glacier . A main glacial ice steam, generally receiving ice tributaries


    Umbrella pillars . See Mushroom pillars .

    Unconformity iceberg . An iceberg in transition, having part blue water-formed

    ice and part firn. Often contains many crevasses and silt bands (57).

    Underground ice . See Ground ice .

    Ureis [G]. See Ground ice .

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    Vaage [D]. See Wake .

    Vak [S]. See Wake .

    Valley glacier ( Alpine glacier ). A glacier which occupies the floor of a

    valley (14). (See Ice stream, Mountain glacier .)

    Vechnaia merzlota [R]. See Permafrost .

    V e ê lage [F]. See Calving .

    Verg al la s [F]. See Glaze .

    Vieille glace [F]. See Palecerystic ice .

    Vindskavler [N]. See Skafl .

    Vodianoe nebo [R]. See Water sky .

    Vodianoi zabereg [R]. See Offshore water .

    Vök [E]. See Wake .

    Vzlom [R]. See Marginal crushing .

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    Wake ( Vaage [D], Vak [S], Vök [I] . Generally, an open space of water sur–

    rounded by ice of any sort; especially, a space in lake or

    river ice kept open by a strong current or by a hot spring. In

    the days of sail a wake was often an open channel cut in ice,

    usually with saws, allowing a ship to pass through, towed or

    pushed by man power to avoid pressure or to attain a safer

    berth, as in a harbor for wintering. The term is still in

    English dialectic use (47).

    Wall-sided glacier . Glaciers of this type form tributaries to major

    drainage. They flow down the flanks of valleys along courses

    which are not incised in the slope (64).

    Warping ( Ice warping ). Pulling a ship ahead among ice by taking an ice

    anchor “ashore” on a floe and then advancing the ship by the

    use of ropes and pulleys (4; 47).

    Wasserchatten [G.]. See Sky map, Water sky .

    Wastage . See Ablation .

    Water, capillary, combined, free, gravity, ground-, confined, intraperma

    frost, open, pellicular, supercooled, superpermafrost, supraperma

    frost .
    See Capillary water, Combined water, etc.

    Water of dilation . Water in excess of water of saturation held by the ground

    in an inflated state (water of supersaturation) (31).

    Water sky ( Ciel d’eau [F], Vodiance nebo [R], Wasserchatten [G]). See Sky map .

    Water smoke . See Frost smoke .

    Water snow . Snow which has become granulated so that, for its bulk, it con–

    tains more water than ordinary snow. The term is used in connection

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    with winter camp cooking; the cook or water provider commonly

    finds this snow by digging down through more fluffy, newer snow

    which covers it. Sometimes called cooking snow; not quite the

    same as anniu (12; 47).

    Weathered ice . See Moutonn e é e .

    Weathered iceberg . Irregular in shape due to an advanced stage of ablation.

    They may be overturned bergs (57). (See Horned iceberg .)

    Weight crack . See Hinge crack .

    West Ice . The western and most tightly packed portion of the Baffin Bay Pack ,

    the ice that is moving south along the east coast of Baffin Island.

    To Norwegians, however, West Ice is the ice off eastern Greenland

    (33; 41; 51). (See Middle Pack, North Water .)

    Wet snow . Snow containing liquid water (3). (See Snow swamp .)

    Whiteout . An optical phenomenon occasioned by the presence of air-borne

    particles in the form of snow, tiny ice crystals, or supercooled

    water droplets, which obscures the sun sufficiently to eliminate

    contrast in a snow-covered terrain (39).

    Wildschnee [G]. See Wild snow .

    Wild snow . A name suggested by Seligman for snow which has fallen at say

    −15°C. and which, in perfectly windless conditions, will lie in

    unbelievably loose fashion with just here and there the ends of

    the plumes of the flakes touching. Such snow is of great light–

    ness, amounting to an almost impalpable fluffiness, and flows off

    a shovel like water; it is called neige sauvage or Wildsch n ee by

    the Swiss (40).

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    Wind crust . Wind crust is generally found as a very hard snow formation

    resulting from wind packing wind packing when no drift and deposition are

    taking place. It is commonly firmly anchored to the ground or

    to an ice or hard snow surface. It may also occur, like wind

    slab, as a crust capable of being broken by the skier’s weight,

    but its essential difference from wind slab is that, even if

    broken, the breakage is local and the fractures neither spread

    nor does the whole area break up into blocks. Wind crust, there–

    fore, is normally a safe formation while wind slab is normally

    dangerous (40; 64).

    Window . [ ?] See Polynia, river .

    Window frost . That form of window hoar window hoar , which is thought of chiefly in

    relation to the figures that appear on its surface. The Weather

    Glossary of the U.S. Weather Bureau says that “Bentley names

    eleven types of window frost, all presenting beautiful forms vary–

    ing from those like granules to these resembling tree ferns.” (53a).

    Window hoar . Crystals sublimed onto a cooled glass surface, usually inside

    a room when the weather is cold outside. In cold districts, such

    as Manitoba, Minnesota, or interior Siberia, when double windows

    are not used, the hoar turns partly into ice, which may become a

    half inch or more in thickness even if the room is comfortably warm;

    but hoar forms on the inside of this ice, except when the room heat

    is increased to where thawing starts (40; 47).

    Window ice . Ice that develops within a very thin film of liquid water on

    window panes inside warm rooms. This is ordinary ice crystallization;

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    later there may develop on this window ice the fernlike and other

    figures described under window frost (53a).

    Wind packing . The pounding of snow into dense drifts ( skaflar, zastrugi ) by

    wind action. It is this pounding or compaction which makes snow–

    drifts suitable for slicing with a knife into blocks for snow–

    house construction. The wind-compacted snowdrifts get harder and

    denser as they have time for setting (40). (See Wind slab .)

    Wind scoops . The saucer-like or bowl-like hollows in snow around medium–

    size objects after a blizzard — around trees, stand-up rocks,

    small houses. Seligman says that under “a subsidiary set of

    conditions operating in close proximity to obstacles, and there,

    either through an acceleration of the wind stream, which may be

    due to funnelling … or to the obstruction causing an upward

    spiral eddy, snow is carried back into the main air stream and

    removed ”(40; 47).

    Wind slab . A snow deposit which has been packed tough, half-hard, or hard

    by wind when snowdrift and deposition are taking place. It may lie

    above hard snow, soft snow, or the ground (40). (See Wind packing .)

    Winter ice ( Godovoi led [R], Odnoletnii led [R], Zimnii led [R]). Ice frozen

    during the last autu m n, winter, or spring and, therefore, not more

    than one year old (47).

    Working the ice . A ship is said to work ice when it makes its way with dif–

    ficulty through scattered ice of less than field size. In sailing

    days this was done by pushing floes aside under press of sail, by

    towing the ship behind rowboats, by kedging with ropes fastened to

    floes in advance of the ship. Under steam power, working refers to

    progress through ice by methods less strenuous than bucking or

    breaking (47; 57).

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    Young ice ( Jeune glace [F], Molodik [R], Molodoi led [R]). Newly frozen

    level ice approximately 2 to 8 inches thick. At 2 inches sea

    ice is wet with brine, and snow falling on it dissolves even in

    below zero Fahrenheit temperatures; at 8 inches it is slightly

    damp with saturation-point brine. Up to 3 or 4 inches young ice

    is neither hard nor tough. A slab of 2-inch freshwater ice will

    splinter like glass if dropped on a rock but 2-inch or even 3-inch

    sea ice will splash like ice cream. When seen in contrast with

    snowy older ice the young ice looks black and is sometimes called

    black ice (47). (See Cream ice .)

    Yowling . See Ice yowling .

    Zabereg [R]. See Fast ice .

    Zeboi [R]. See Ice jam .

    Zalivnyi led [R]. See Bay ice .

    Zastruga, Za s trugi [R]. Wavelike ridge of snow beaten hard by wind action (63).

    Zator [R]. See Ice cliff .

    Zero curtain . A layer of ground between active layer and permafrost where

    zero temperature ( 0 °C.) lasts a considerable period of time (as

    long as 115 days a year) during the freezing and thawing of over–

    lying ground (31).

    Zimnii led [R]. See Winter ice .

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    1. Ahlmann, H. W. Glaciological Research on the North Atla n tic Coasts. London

    Royal Geographical Society, 1948. Research Series, no. 1.