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fast ice

ice that is frozen to, grounded on, or attached to the bottom of an area covered by shallow water.
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Origin of fast ice
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • fast ice provides marine mammals a platform on which to interact, mate, and forage.
  • Females with first year cubs were more frequently located in stable fast ice areas with pressure ridges and seal lairs.
  • The ship shall operate in annual ice from the ice edge up to and including the consolidated pack and fast ice.
  • Productivity occurs in the coastal fast ice prior to the summer melt with a strong production peak in spring.
  • Polar bears have been seen using riverbanks and shore-fast ice for maternity dens during between.

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