Last update: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am
Warm spring temperatures were beginning to thin the ice in the East Siberian Sea in early June 2016. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on June 4.
The sea East Siberian Sea wears a cap of frozen seawater each fall and winter, with the maximum thickness occurring between February and April. As weather warms and daylight lengthens, the ice begins to thin and slowly thaw, speeding up in July.
In this image, ice has pulled away from the coastline in the east. Open water can be seen in the west section of the image, and a very large crack has developed running parallel to the shore. Bright white ice takes on a blue appearance as it thins and become waterlogged, and this can be seen in several areas in the ice on the East Siberian Sea.