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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Females haul out onto pack ice to give birth and nurse their pups. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "A top Antarctic predator has switched what it eats," 2 May 2019 They often are found at the outer margins of shifting ice floes and rarely in areas of dense pack ice, NOAA says. Washington Post, "At least 60 ice seals found dead along west Alaska coast," 13 June 2019 Bearded seals give birth and rear pups on drifting pack ice. Dan Joling, Anchorage Daily News, "Environmental group sues Trump administration over ice seal status," 13 June 2019 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

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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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