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Break-up

Similar term(s): breakup, ice break-up.

Definition:

The breaking, melting, and loosening of ice in the spring.

Source: Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary  

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Global warming is already causing an earlier break-up of ice on rivers and lakes.

Source: GreenFacts Digest on Arctic Climate Change, based on ACIA

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GreenFacts Summary on Arctic Climate Change:

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