Term: Bergy bit Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Large chunk of glacier ice (a very small iceberg) floating in the sea; bergy bits are usually less than 5 meters (15 feet) in size and are generally spawned from disintegrating icebergs.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A large piece of floating glacier ice, generally showing less than 16 ft (- 5 m) above sea level but more than 3 ft (= 1 m) and normally about 120 to 360 sq yds (t 100-300 sq m) in area.  WMOSeaIce 

A large piece of floating ice of land origin, showing less than 5 m above sea-level and 100-300 m2 in area [Note: it might be better to say no more than 20 metres long, rather than give an area]  Bushuyev 

A piece of ice which has broken away from an iceberg, extending 1-5 meters above the sea surface and 100-300 square meters in area. Can also be the remains of a melting iceberg.  NOAA-NWS 

Sea ice terminology that describes a piece of glacier ice, generally showing at 1m to less than 5m above sea level; with a length of 5m to less than 15m. They normally have an area of 100-300 sq. M.  ECCCanada 

A piece of floating glacier ice up to several metres across, commonly deriving from the disintegration of an iceberg.  Swisseduc 

A small iceberg or iceberg fragment; it also may be a piece of floeberg or hummocked ice; it is larger than a growler.  AMSglossary 

A piece of floating ice, generally less than 5 m above sea level and not more than about to m across. It is generally of glacier ice, but may be a massive piece of sea ice or disrupted hummocked ice.  SPRI