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A small boat in the pancake ice


Pancake ice is one of the first stages of fast ice formation, as the water starts to freeze it forms irregular discs (pancakes) that bump against each other and develop upturned edges. Within a short time, these will freeze together to form a continuous icy surface.

BELGICA en 1897-1898-1899 .... Oceanographie Les Glaces Glace de Mer et Banquises" par Henryk Arctowski. 1908. P. 17.

Picture courtesy NOAA

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