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Re: Melt Ponds
« Reply #100 on: September 05, 2020, 07:22:56 PM »
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Re: Melt Ponds
« Reply #101 on: September 05, 2020, 10:04:37 PM »
The bulk of ice forms with vertical growing ice crystals this plus the exclusion of salt tends to create channels through the ice. If the ice is thicker than 2 meters it is likely stacked but that process has some gaps between layers. The freeze melt cycle will over seasons fill these channels. Freshwater ice is more solid and would not have channels to drain through.


freshwater ice most definitely can be porous and saturated with water, whether waterfall or glacier ice
My mistake I was using freshwater to indicate multiyear sea ice.