• Polynyas
  • Any non-linear shaped opening enclosed by ice. May contain brash ice and/or be covered with new ice, nilas or young ice; sub-mariners refer to these as skylights. Polynyas are important in the study of the energy budget of the polar ocean and local and regional climatology.
Abstract from DBPedia
    A polynya (/pəˈlɪnjə/) is an area of open water surrounded by sea ice. It is now used as a geographical term for an area of unfrozen seawater within otherwise contiguous pack ice or fast ice. It is a loanword from the Russian полынья (Russian pronunciation: [pəɫɨˈnʲja]), which refers to a natural ice hole and was adopted in the 19th century by polar explorers to describe navigable portions of the sea. There are two main types of polynyas: coastal polynyas, which can be found year-round near the Antarctic and Arctic coasts and are mainly created by strong winds pushing the ice away from the coast, and mid-sea or open-ocean polynyas, which may be found more sporadically in the middle of ice pack in certain locations, especially around Antarctica. These locations are generally preconditioned by certain oceanic dynamics. One of the most famous mid-sea polynyas is the Weddell Polynya, also known as the Maud Rise Polynya, which occurs in the Lazarev Sea over the Maud Rise seamount. It was first spotted in September 1973 and persisted through multiple winters (1974–1976), and recently recurred in September 2017.

    ポリニヤ(ロシア語: Полынья、エストニア語: Lahvandus、米国: Polynya/英国: Polynia)とは、氷に囲まれた開水面あるいは薄氷域のことである。ロシア語のПолыньяからの借用語で、自然の氷穴を意味し、19世紀に極地の探検家が海の航行可能な部分を表現するために採用した。

    (Source: http://dbpedia.org/resource/Polynya)