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.
The Nautilus was then obliged to stop in its adventurous course amid these fields of ice
. In spite of our efforts, in spite of the powerful means employed to break up the ice
, the Nautilus remained immovable.
did split with a thunder-fit; The helmsman steered us through!
Enormous granite boulders blocked the way on every hand; deep rifts in the ice
threatened to engulf us at the least misstep; and from the north a slight breeze wafted to our nostrils an unspeakable stench that almost choked us.
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
. This we saw from the rocks of the shore, and the bear came toward us, and after him came Keesh, very much unafraid.
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.
On that day of the week and at that time of day people of one set, all acquainted with one another, used to meet on the ice
. There were crack skaters there, showing off their skill, and learners clinging to chairs with timid, awkward movements, boys, and elderly people skating with hygienic motives.
Kama, with a snowshoe and the other ax, cleared away the two feet of snow above the Yukon ice
and chopped a supply of ice
for cooking purposes.
Had it been an hour later, nothing could have saved the ship, for no eye could have made out in the dusk that pale piece of ice
swept over by the white-crested waves.
4000 feet in height, in the latitude of Cumberland, with every valley filled with streams of ice
descending to the sea-coast.