Drift ice

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Drift ice on the Elbe near Dresden, 1985

Drift , even ice drifting called, is ice, floating on rivers lakes or seas. In rivers, ground ice forms on the riverbed , which rises and is transported downstream with the current. In the open ocean icebergs detached from glaciers and ice sheets drifting and ice floes of ice cover of the Arctic Ocean their drift start with the cold ocean currents. In addition to the East Greenland Current, the Labrador Current is also one of these currents, which move ice equatorially into areas of lower latitude. The area up to which ice masses penetrate towards the equator is called the “drift ice limit”. The drift ice poses a great danger to shipping , as it is abundant in the busy North Atlantic in the form of icebergs from April to August. The drift ice limit is therefore recorded monthly in special maps.

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