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Ice Blink

"Ice blink" refers to a white glare seen on the underside of low clouds indicating the presence of ice which may be beyond the range of vision or over the horizon.

Similarly, "water sky" refers to dark streaks on the underside of low clouds, indicating the presence of open water in the vicinity of sea ice - a helpful indication when working in sea ice or near the polar ice cap as to which direction to take. Otherwise, your ship may get "nipped".

Such techniques helped the Inuit to travel safely on the ice, and assisted explorers looking for the Northwest Passage.

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