The drift ice which the tempest had piled up around the "Alaska" had been broken up, and much of it had drifted away.
The roaring of a great river was in their ears, and the grinding of a drift ice.
Masses of drift ice and slush, but for the most part surprisingly clear.
But that Pytheas should have been far enough out in the sea north of Norway to have met with drift ice is scarcely credible.
Nearing Saunders Island, a herd of walruses was seen on a pan of drift ice far ahead.
In one place the passage was blocked up by drift ice, still deeply covered with snow.
A rumor of seals on the Arctic drift ice off shore had come in from the Spotted Horses.
But a dense fog made it impossible to venture among the islands, where drift ice might be added to the dangers of rocks.
On the other hand, Agassiz seems to me mad about glaciers, and apparently never thinks of drift ice.
A body of drift ice, the pieces of which, though very near each other, do not generally touch.