Sea Ice Patterns

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On July 20, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy steamed south in the Arctic Ocean toward the edge of the sea ice.

The ICESCAPE mission, or "Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment," is NASA's two-year shipborne investigation to study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean's chemistry and ecosystems. The bulk of the research takes place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.

Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen

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  1. winston.1 43 months ago | reply

    Stunning pattern created by the Ice....Super shot.

  2. Primula Rossa  43 months ago | reply

    wonderful shot!!!!

  3. Rafał P. 43 months ago | reply

    Cool picture!

  4. dodagp 43 months ago | reply

    A spectacular image puzzle-like.

  5. petrus.13 43 months ago | reply

    wow, original

    my last pic:
    FIAT 441R - omaggio all'Italia

  6. K)) [deleted] 43 months ago | reply

    This is just marvelous :D

  7. Art Walaszek 43 months ago | reply

    Wonderful fractal-like quality.

  8. Paranoid from suffolk 43 months ago | reply

    Wonderful image and I see the deer too!

  9. Seastars world 38 months ago | reply

    great reflection, so many thanks for sharing your fotos :o)

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