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Term: Fracturing Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
Last modified 6 June 2017
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Definition: Deformation process whereby ice is permanently deformed, and fracture occurs.  NOAAHydrology 

A pressure process whereby ice is permanently deformed, and rupture occurs. Most commonly used to describe breaking across fast ice, ice breccia, compact ice and ice fields.  Bushuyev 

Any break or rupture through close ice, compact ice, consolidated ice, fast ice, or a single floe resulting from shears and deformation processes. The fracture may contain brash ice and be covered with nilas or young ice. The length may vary from a few meters to several tens of kilometers.  Bushuyev 

In hydrologic terms, deformation process whereby ice is permanently deformed, and fracture occurs.  NOAA-NWS 

Pressure process whereby ice is permanently deformed, and rupture oc- curs. Most commonly used to describe breaking across very close pack ice, compact pack ice, and consolidated pack ice.  WMOSeaIce 

Sea ice terminology that describes the pressure process whereby ice is permanently deformed, and rupture occurs. This term is most commonly used to describe the breaking across of very close ice, compact ice and consolidated ice.  ECCCanada 

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