Frozen Greenland Meltpond

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    Frozen meltwater lake along the northeast Greenland coast, as seen from NASA's P-3B aircraft on May 7, 2012.

    Credit: NASA/Jim Yungel


    IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever flown. It will yield an unprecedented three-dimensional view of Arctic and Antarctic ice sheets, ice shelves and sea ice. These flights will provide a yearly, multi-instrument look at the behavior of the rapidly changing features of the Greenland and Antarctic ice.

    Data collected during IceBridge will help scientists bridge the gap in polar observations between NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) -- in orbit since 2003 -- and ICESat-2, planned for early 2016. ICESat stopped collecting science data in 2009, making IceBridge critical for ensuring a continuous series of observations.

    IceBridge will use airborne instruments to map Arctic and Antarctic areas once a year. IceBridge flights are conducted in March-May over Greenland and in October-November over Antarctica. Other smaller airborne surveys around the world are also part of the IceBridge campaign.

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    1. :SARA_be: 24 months ago | reply

      Großartige Aufnahme !

    2. Fabio Rage 24 months ago | reply

      Very important work to be done! Congrats!

    3. GeirO4 24 months ago | reply


    4. Jeffrey Beall 24 months ago | reply

      Frozen meltpond .... ? Hmmmm ... isn't that an oxymoron?

    5. papy06200 24 months ago | reply

      great shot !!

    6. dodagp 24 months ago | reply

      Astounding image,great share !!!!!
      You never stop wowing us !!!

    7. Jo Sze 24 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing

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