For nine months of the year there is only ice and snow, and gale after gale, with a cold that no one can realise who has never seen the thermometer even at zero.
The seal must have open water to live and catch fish in, and in the deep of winter the ice would sometimes run eighty miles without a break from the nearest shore.
Generally, when we can proceed no further, we have return still open to us; but here return was as impossible as advance, for every pass had closed behind us; and for the few moments when we were stationary, we were likely to be entirely blocked, which did indeed happen about two o'clock in the afternoon, the fresh ice forming around its sides with astonishing rapidity.
With difficulty, Captain; for the season is already too far advanced for you to reckon on the breaking of the ice.
The Carrion Caves consist of a series of twenty-seven connecting chambers, and present the appearance of having been eroded by running water in some far-gone age when a mighty river found its way to the south through this single breach in the barrier of rock and ice that hems the country of the pole.
Beyond the last cave we emerged into a desolate country of snow and ice, but found a well-marked trail leading north.
Once, however, the lieutenant asked why he had come so far upon the ice
in so strange a vehicle.
It was so beautiful, that even the blocks of ice
danced about for joy; and when they were tired and laid themselves down, they formed exactly the letters which the Snow Queen had told him to find out; so now he was his own master, and he would have the whole world and a pair of new skates into the bargain.
They had to climb this, so the guide in the lead cut steps in the ice
with his hatchet, and as fast as he took his toes out of one of these slight holes, the toes of the man behind him occupied it.
After passing a night in this valley, the travellers in the morning scaled the neighboring hills, to look out for a more eligible route than that upon which they had unluckily fallen; and, after much reconnoitring, determined to make their way once more to the river, and to travel upon the ice
when the banks should prove impassable.
Yet was the bear not inclined to fight, for he turned away and made off slowly over the ice
The Big and Little Salmon rivers were throwing mush-ice
into the main river as they passed, and, below the riffles, anchor- ice
arose from the river bottom and coated the surface with crystal scum.
He flew down, and without even changing the position of his hands, skated away over the ice
Thus, Kama saw when more ice
was needed and went and got it, while a snowshoe, pushed over by the lunge of a dog, was stuck on end again by Daylight.
The connection between the transportal of boulders and the presence of ice
in some form, is strikingly shown by their geographical distribution over the earth.