Icy Ponds Mottle Arctic Ice {Photo of the Day}

Researchers on the NASA-funded ICESCAPE mission—Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment—have been examining melt ponds and the ice around them as seen in the image below.

The photograph was taken on July 12 of this year atop the Arctic Ocean as science teams collect water samples to examine, although the two men in the image are actually collecting supplies which had been dropped by a C-130 earlier in the day by parachute.

Source: NASA Earth Observatory

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