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broken ice

noun, Oceanography
sea ice that covers from 50 to 80 percent of the surface of water in any particular area. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Wave action would likely not be present in its intended operating environment of broken ice conditions.
  • Effective use of dispersants and chemical herders in broken ice conditions.
  • Dispersants are not effective in a broken ice environment because ice may prevent dispersants from mixing into the water column.
  • Develop capabilities to deflect or redirect oil in a broken ice field.
  • South winds eventually will remove the broken ice, leaving the channel ice-free.
  • The initial melting of the river ice causes broken ice buildup, which acts as a quasi-dam restricting the natural flow.
  • To do this, he used a dull ax to break the ice and a shovel or pitchfork to remove the broken ice from the hole.

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