pack ice


Definition of pack ice

: sea ice formed into a mass by the crushing together of pans, floes, and brash

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An Inconvenient Truth seared the image of a polar bear paddling, paddling, paddling hopelessly in search of the vanished Arctic pack ice into minds around the world. Eva Holland, Smithsonian, "Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predator," 16 May 2018 The Antarctic minke whale seems to prefer hunting near pack ice, according to a blog post by Robert C. Brears for The Maritime Executive. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Antarctica’s Waters May Soon Harbor a Boom of Baby Humpback Whales," 5 May 2018 The space professional does pack ice cream — at least in the museum gift-shop version of the job. Leah Eskin,, "Re-create Popsicle dreams with fresh strawberries — and powerful boost from freeze-dried version," 11 July 2018 One theory that lured many explorers to their demise was that seawater could not freeze, so if a captain could push through the pack ice surrounding the North Pole, an open and passable Arctic Sea awaited. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "The Best New Books About Epic Expeditions," 19 Apr. 2018 But on January 18, 1915, just days after setting sail from a whaling station on South Georgia Island, the Endurance was caught in pack ice. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Antarctic Research Ship to Search for Wreck of Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’," 13 Apr. 2018 But for a long time, the edge of the Arctic pack ice lingered near Dutch whaling stations, and because whales gathered along the edge of the ice, the Dutch benefited. Dagomar Degroot, Washington Post, "Some places flourished in the Little Ice Age. There are lessons for us now.," 19 Feb. 2018 Chief Petty Officer Angela Vallier, who was part of the team that tested the RotoX in July, said technology can clean up oil in open water and in pack ice. Kelsey Lindsey, Alaska Dispatch News, "Coast Guard tests new oil spill technology as Arctic waters open up," 3 Sep. 2017 The Coast Guard cutter Healy, one of the nation's two operational icebreakers, dropped a six-man life raft in the pack ice of the Beaufort Sea. National Geographic, "In the Empty Arctic, How to Get the Job Done? With a Drone.," 14 Apr. 2016

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of pack ice

: a very large sheet of ice floating in the sea that is made from smaller pieces that have frozen together

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