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The chemical, physical and structural properties of estuarine ice in Great Bay, New Hampshire

January 1, 1987

The purpose of this study was to provide general information on the chemical, physical and structural properties of estuarine ice and show how it compares with sea ice found at higher latitudes in order to determine whether the ice in Great Bay can be used as an analog in the study of arctic sea ice. Ice cores and water samples were collected during the 1983-1984 winter season at Adams Point in Great Bay, New Hampshire. Concentrations of chloride, nitrogen (as nitrate and nitrite), bromide, phosphate, sulfate and silicate were determined for samples chosen on the basis of identifiable stratigraphic layers (i.e. bubble size and shape, sediment layers, etc.). Similarities between ice formation in Great Bay and those in the arctic regions include the nature of the freezing process and the ice types produced. In addition, the distribution and concentration of chemical constituents were found to be similar to those observed in arctic sea ice. Factors affecting the chemistry of the ice in Great Bay include rainfall during the freezing season, the presence of sediment layers in the ice cores, the nature of incorporation of brine into the crystal structure of the ice and the drainage of brine. ?? 1987.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1987
Title The chemical, physical and structural properties of estuarine ice in Great Bay, New Hampshire
DOI
Authors D.A. Meese, A. J. Gow, P.A. Mayewski, W. Ficklin, T.C. Loder
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
Series Number
Index ID 70015217
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization