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Title: Crystal alignments in the fast ice of arctic Alaska
Authors: Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program.
United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
National Science Foundation (U.S.). Division of Polar Programs.
Weeks, W. F.
Gow, Anthony Jack.
Keywords: Beaufort Sea
Pack ice
Chukchi Sea
Sea ice
Ice crystals
Crystal growth
Ice crystal growth
Sea currents
Fast ice
Ice crystal structure
Crystal structure
Issue Date: Oct-1979
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 79-22.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: Field observations at 60 sites located in the fast or near-fast ice along a 1200-km stretch of the north coast of Alaska between Bering Strait and Barter Island have shown that the great majority of the ice samples (95%) exhibit striking c-axis alignments within the horizontal plane. Such alignments were usually well developed by the time the ice was 50 cm thick and in some cases when the ice was 20 cm thick. In all cases the degree of preferred orientation increased with depth in the ice. Representative standard deviations around a mean direction in the horizontal plane are commonly less than ±10° for samples collected near the bottom of the ice. The general patterns of the alignments support a correlation between the preferred c-axis direction and the current direction at the ice/water interface. A comparison between c-axis alignments and spot current measurements made at 42 locations shows that the most frequent current direction coincides with the mean c-axis direction. Such alignments are believed to be the result of geometric selection with the most favored orientation being that in which the current flows normal to the (0001) plates of ice that compose the dendritic sea ice/sea water interface.
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