from The Century Dictionary.
- Consisting of ancient ice: first applied by the explorers of the British north polar expedition (1875-6) to the ice-floes encountered on the furthest northern advance of the party under command of Captain Markham.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from, a former glacial formation.
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- adjective Of, pertaining to, or derived from a former
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By Christmas, too, the snow had ceased falling and the frost turned the land to a silent, white, paleocrystic world.
While we were waiting for the rest of the expedition to gather in, I slumped down behind a peak of land or paleocrystic ice, and made the entry in my diary.
We are sheltered north of a huge paleocrystic floeberg; and the dogs are at rest, with their noses in their tails.
My impression, with respect to the vast field of paleocrystic ice, is that at certain seasons -- as when, for instance, two or three very mild winters have occurred in succession in the Arctic circle, followed possibly by exceptionally hot summers -- it undergoes partial disruption, splitting up, in fact, into several lesser fields which drift for longer or shorter distances out into the open Polar Sea.
The temperature stood at the extraordinary height (for that latitude) of fifty-seven degrees Fahrenheit; and the air, actually cool and bracing, felt almost oppressively warm to them after the rigours of the paleocrystic ice-field; they therefore donned a suit of rough serviceable cloth of moderate thickness, and stout waterproof leather walking boots.
"It is as I feared," said von Schalckenberg, after they had toiled painfully over the surface for some time; "we have reached the region of paleocrystic or ancient ice; and my cherished theory of an open sea about the North Pole vanishes into thin air.