It is difficult to think of any sea ice feature that occurs in the Antarctic which does not occur somewhere or at sometime in the Arctic. However, there are a number of interesting distinctions that can be made between the ice of the two polar regions. Many of these differences are caused by the land-locked nature of the Arctic Ocean as compared to the unrestricted Southern Ocean. This paper reviews these differences briefly and discusses both the current understanding of them and their importance. This paper deals specifically with 1) the extent of the ice cover, its age and thickness, 2) structure of the ice and the underlying water column, and 3) the mechanical properties of sea ice.

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  • Pagination: p. 23-34

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  • Accession Number: 00043750
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1973 12:00AM