Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An open or unfrozen place in the midst of the ice of a river or lake or in the ocean: a word used in English only by navigators in arctic seas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The open sea supposed to surround the north pole.

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  • noun Alternative form of polynya.

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Examples

  • "polynia" - an area of open water surrounded by ice.

    New Scientist - Earth

  • He added that as well as providing a feeding site for the region's wildlife, the polynia also was a key production site of "bottom water"; very cold, dense water that sinks to the ocean floor.

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  • By opening up the polynia, the loss of the ice tongue could affect this process.

    New Scientist - Earth

  • The open water within the polynia provides favourable conditions for the growth of algae, which help to support an ecosystem that includes emperor penguins and seals.

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  • When the sea freezes inside a polynia, it leaves unusually salty water which sinks to the bottom of the ocean.

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  • He added that the new iceberg had shortened the length of the Mertz Glacier Tongue, which could result in pack ice entering the area and disrupting the polynia.

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  • Before the formation of the iceberg, the Mertz Peninsula provided the right conditions for a polynia - an expanse of open water surrounded by sea-ice - to exist.

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  • Before the formation of the iceberg, the Mertz Peninsula provided the right conditions for a polynia - an expanse of open water surrounded by sea-ice - to exist.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • He added that as well as providing a feeding site for the region's wildlife, the polynia also was a key production site of "bottom water"; very cold, dense water that sinks to the ocean floor.

    EcoEarth.Info Environment RSS Newsfeed

  • He added that the new iceberg had shortened the length of the Mertz Glacier Tongue, which could result in pack ice entering the area and disrupting the polynia.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

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