aggutitak - ice formed upwind

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aggutitak - ice formed upwind

aggutitak - ice formed upwind

Indigenous Knowledge

aggutitak ᐊᒡᒍᑎᑕᒃ
'Akgutitak and akgutinik apply to a slushy mixture of ice and snow that freezes into flexible ice and moves with the waves. It starts forming along the shoreline and extends farther from the land when the winds are blowing in to the shore. It is not safe to walk on.' (Nunavimmiutitut, MacDonald, Arragutainaq and Novalinga 1997: 15)

Related process

aggutippalliajuq ᐊᒡᒍᑎᑉᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ
'ᕿᓄᒥᓂᐅᒐᓗᐊᖅᓱᓂ ᐊᒡᒍᒧᖔᖅ ᐱᕈᖅᐸᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ; ᓄᓇᒧᑦ ᑭᐱᒪᒐᒥ ᐊᐅᓐᓂᖅᑐᓯᕙᓪᓕᐊᔪᖅ.
Qinuminiugaluaqsuni aggumungaaq piruqpalliajuq; nunamut kipimagami aunniqtusivalliajuq.
The process of ice forming against the wind; freezing progresses in the opposite direction that the wind is blowing, resulting in the formation of agguttituq.' (Kinngait, South Qikiqtaaluk, Kinngait Sea Ice Glossary 2023: 15)

Western Knowledge

new ice
'A general term for recently formed ice which includes frazil ice, grease ice, slush and shuga. These types of ice are composed of ice crystals which are only weakly frozen together (if at all) and have a definite form only while they are afloat.' (MANICE)

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