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2009-04-13 08:13:32

Gaining insights into the nature of sea ice In 1994, University of Utah mathematician Ken Golden went to the Eastern Weddell Sea for the Antarctic Zone Flux Experiment. The sea's surface is normally covered with sea ice, the complex composite material that results when sea water is frozen. During a powerful winter storm, Golden observed liquid sea water welling up and flooding the sea ice surface, producing a slushy mixture of sea water and snow that freezes into snow-ice. With his...

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2008-08-22 06:50:00

Observers flying over Alaska's northwest coast spotted nine polar bears in one day swimming in the open ocean. Scientists say this is an increase from previous surveys that may indicate warming conditions are forcing bears to make riskier, long-distance swims to stable sea ice or land. A federal marine contractor, Science Applications International Corp, spotted the bears in the Chukchi Sea during a survey flight. The survey flight was scouting land for the Minerals Management Service in...

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2008-04-14 11:25:00

Drift Expedition NP 35 has Produced Unique Data about the Hibernal Atmosphere above the Central ArcticFor the first time, a German has taken part in a Russian drift expedition and has explored the atmosphere above the central Arctic during the polar night. Jrgen Graeser, a member of the Potsdam Research Unit of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, has just returned home to Germany. As a member of the Russian expedition NP 35 (35. North Pole...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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