Accession Number : AD0859547

Title :   BIRDS EYE 2-69, 23 February-9 March 1969.

Descriptive Note : Informal rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC OFFICE NSTL STATION MS

Personal Author(s) : Jerdon, H. P.

Report Date : MAY 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 109

Abstract : BIRDS EYE 2-69 was a regularly scheduled Arctic Ocean ice reconnaissance mission covering the North American sector of the Arctic Basin including the peripheral seas east of Greenland and the Parry Channel in the Canadian Archipelago from 23 February to 9 March 1969. Ice observations contained in this report were made under daylight, twilight, or moonlight conditions. Adverse weather precluded detailed observations in the eastern Parry Channel, near the North Pole, and in the Greenland Sea-Denmark Strait area. Observed ice conditions revealed an area of predominately first-year ice at 83 deg 30 min N, 104 deg 18 min W and a well-defined fracture zone northeast of Greenland. In the Parry Channel, from a point north of Banks Island to Resolute, only two refrozen fractures were observed. Extensive ice coverage, as observed on BIRDS EYE 1-69 (23 January-7 February), continued to exist in the Greenland Sea. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE, SEA ICE), (*SEA ICE, ARCTIC OCEAN), ICE ISLANDS, METEOROLOGICAL RADAR, OBSERVATION AIRCRAFT, FREEZING, MELTING, SEA WATER, NAVAL AIRCRAFT, GREENLAND SEA, DISTRIBUTION, DATA PROCESSING, POLAR REGIONS.

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Snow, Ice and Permafrost

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE