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OPEN WATER AREA [1 record]

Record 1 2015-04-13


Subject field(s)
  • River and Sea Navigation
  • Hydrology and Hydrography
  • Glaciology

A relatively large area of free navigable water in an ice-encumbered sea.


... there is insufficient knowledge or experience to predict ... what the effects will be of the areas of open water left by the ships' passage in an otherwise ice-covered sea.


Ice is melting so fast in the Arctic that the North Pole will be in the open sea in 30 years, according to a team of leading climatologists.


open water; open water area; open sea: terms used at Natural Resources Canada - Earth Sciences Sector.


  • Navigation fluviale et maritime
  • Hydrologie et hydrographie
  • Glaciologie

Zone relativement vaste d'eau libre et navigable dans une mer encombrée de glaces.


Aux États-Unis, zone de mer ayant une concentration de glace inférieure à 1/10.


mer libre; eaux libres : termes uniformisés par le Comité de normalisation de la terminologie navale.


mer libre; eau libre; zone d'eau libre; étendue d'eau libre : termes en usage à Ressources naturelles Canada - Secteur des sciences de la Terre.


Campo(s) temático(s)
  • Navegación fluvial y marítima
  • Hidrología e hidrografía
  • Glaciología

aguas abiertas: término proveniente del Código Sanitario Internacional para los Animales Acuáticos, 2002.

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