Research Images As Art 2014/15 Gallery


The last ice area

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Mr Tom Armitage, Earth Sciences

This photograph was taken from a Twin Otter aircraft on 29th March 2014 as research students from the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, UCL, were transported out onto an ice camp on the frozen Arctic Ocean. Here we see the mountainous coast of northern Greenland, and the Arctic Ocean itself covered in a layer of thick, heavily deformed ice with a newly formed lead (crack) in the ice – a perilous surface for a plane to land on! The circulation of the Arctic Ocean means that ice is always being pushed up against Greenland and Canada, and so this is some of the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic. Some people now to refer to this region as the ‘last ice area’; as the Arctic loses more and more sea ice this will be the last area that is ice covered.

 


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