The concrete sea

Indigenous peoples, such as the Inuit and Cree have around 80 terms or words to describe the state of the sea ice.

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80 words for ice

Grease ice
Pancake ice

Above you can see two images of early forming sea ice or pack ice, and below you can see two different descriptions. Can you match the descriptions to the images?

Pancake ice: Flat pieces of ice battered into rounds by waves and collisions – characteristic of turbulent waters

Grease ice: Ice crystals blown together on the surface of the water in a streaky soupy consistency similar to oil slicks

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Could you drink a glass of melted sea ice water?

Icy drink
  • Polar expeditions use melted multiyear ice as a source of fresh water – why do you think multiyear ice is more potable than first year ice?