Talk:Ice rafting

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I am not an expert in ice and snow. I became curious in these topics after writing several snow/avalanche articles. Periodically tweaking them I learned a new word, snow drift/snowdrift, and inserted it into some pages. This gave me an idea to check whether there exists article about drift. It turned out to be a disambig page, in which I noticed a red link ice drift. I decided to blue it, reasonably assuming that there should be a plenty of books on the topic. To my amazement, I discovered a yet another large lacuna in wikipedia (the first one was avalanche control, see user:Laudak) and there are quite a few terms not only undescribed in wikipedia, but also rarely used in its articles. So I randomly picked the term ice rafting as the first one in the series of ice and drift related stubs. Since I am an ignorant here, I don't intend to go beyond stubs. And since I will be inserting wikilinks wherever possible, I hope these breadcrumbs lure some experts. Laudak (talk) 01:10, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

The (growing) list of my starter articles in this cluster: Ice rafting  · Rafting (disambiguation)  · Ice drift  · Drifter (floating device)  · Lagrangian drifter  · Lagrangian analysis  · Wave-formed ripples  · IRD asset  · ... Laudak (talk) 01:13, 8 May 2008 (UTC)


Another possible source of ice rafting would be river ice that has received sediment loading from river banks and landslides. This was the cause attributed to the variety of dropstones in the Coastal Plain calcareous clay where I was drilling next to Delaware Bay for the Salem Nuclear Plant of New Jersey in 1974. These ranged from pebbles to large boulders. The contractor attempted to use a suction dredge for excavation of plant foundations based on borings showing clay, then had to switch to drag-line because of occasional large boulders embedded in the offshore marine clay. I saw several of these that had been pushed to the side after the excavation. I do not remember the stratigraphy, but it would have to have been the near-surface formation there. I don't think it was Pleistocene. The river-ice source was suggested because of this. My memory is too thin and glacial science has advanced since then and not my field, so I don't want to make too much of this interpretation at the time. Would someone familiar with current glacial science and New Jersey stratigraphy please comment? The Salem Nuclear Plant is near the town of Salem New Jersey on the coast of Delaware Bay. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:47, 3 April 2011 (UTC)