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TC | Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 14, 3329–3347, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3329-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 14, 3329–3347, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3329-2020
© Author(s) 2020. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 06 Oct 2020

Research article | 06 Oct 2020

Frazil ice growth and production during katabatic wind events in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Lisa Thompson et al.

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The offshore winds around Antarctica can reach hurricane strength and produce intense cooling, causing the surface ocean to form a slurry of seawater and ice crystals. For the first time, we observed a buildup of heat and salt in the surface ocean, caused by loose ice crystal formation. We conclude that up to 1 m of ice was formed per day by the intense cooling, suggesting that unconsolidated crystals may be an important part of the total freezing that happens around Antarctica.
The offshore winds around Antarctica can reach hurricane strength and produce intense cooling,...
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