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Term: Open water Class:  
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Created 6 June 2017
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Definition: A large area of freely navigable water in which floes may be present in concentration under 1/10th; if there is no sea ice present, the area may be termed open water, even though icebergs are present.  NSIDCCryosphere 

A large area of freely navigable water in which sea ice is present in concen- trations less than one-tenth. When no sea ice is present, the area should be termed ice free, even though icebergs occur.  WMOSeaIce 

A large area of freely navigable water in which sea ice is present in concentrations less than 1/10 and ice of land origin is absent.  Bushuyev 

Sea ice terminology describing a large area of freely navigable water in which ice is present, with a concentration less than 1/10. In open water no ice of land origin is present.  ECCCanada 

A large area of freely navigable water in which floes may be present in concentrations under 1/10th. If there is no sea ice present the area may be termed open water, even though icebergs are present.  SPRI 

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