ice-free ice-free

Definition(s):

  • (adj) free of ice and open to travel

Usage(s):

  1. Over centuries, hundreds died in the doomed search for an ice-free Northwest Passage between Asia and Europe, many of them victims of ill-fated stabs at national and personal glory.
  2. The summer of 2007 saw record melting of Arctic sea ice, and NASA scientists now predict that the Arctic could be ice-free as soon as the summer of 2013.
  3. Meanwhile, the world melts scientists recently warned there was a chance that the North Pole could be briefly ice-free this summer, an astonishing possibility.

News

  • Ice-free Arctic may come as soon as 2054, study says

    Cruise ships and oil tankers may be sailing through ice-free waters of the Arctic as early as 2054, according to a new study that narrows to a handful of years the uncertainty of when this climate-change milestone will occur. Previous studies have pegged it to everywhere between 2015 and 2100.
    on July 16, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

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