Term: Basic zones Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Basic zones are delineated by mobility, total concentration and age categories. Such additional characteristics as hummock and ridge concentration, rafting of young ice, or stages of melting are usually included in a description of the characteristics of these basic zones. It is assumed that the boundaries of the main and additional characteristics coincide. The basic zones are subdivided into the following types: Fast ice, Drifting Ice, Bergy water, Ice-free water. On large-scale ice charts, giant and sometimes vast ice floes can be contoured and described in the basic zones.  Bushuyev