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Arctic sea ice / Re: Glossary ... for newbies and others
« on: September 16, 2020, 11:23:54 AM »
Long time lurker. First time posting.

We have two phrases. 'Virtually ice free' and 'Blue ocean event'. It seems to me that to be of use they should mean different things.

'Virtually ice free' means less than 1,000,000 square kilometres of ice at minimum.

So f we want to use BOE it should mean something different. The word 'event' means something that happens at a specific time and place. I think it should mean the occasion when someone takes a non satellite  photo of the north pole with no ice in sight. Literally a blue ocean.  Ideally the photo would feature a ship at the north pole under a sunny sky with no ice in sight to the horizon. Such a photo would, I believe, be widely reproduced in the mainstream media and would be instrumental in raising public awareness about arctic ice loss.

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