Land ice stuck amongst sea ice

Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at an iceberg that started as land ice and flowed downstream until it became suspended in frozen seawater.

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Today’s Image of the Day comes from the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at an iceberg that started as land ice and flowed downstream until it became suspended in frozen seawater.

This image was captured by sea ice scientist Linette Boisvert from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 1,500 feet in the air over Scoresby Sound along Greenland’s eastern coast as part of Operation IceBridge, a mission aimed at monitoring polar ice.

“This iceberg was in an area during our flight that we termed ‘polar bear highways’ because there were so many polar bear tracks on the surface of the sea ice and snow, looping around icebergs and linking one iceberg to another,” said Boisvert. “These openings in the ice are ideal places for seals to come out of the water and rest, and for polar bears to hunt. Although there were no visible tracks around this iceberg, it might be visited by polar bears as it makes it way to out to the Atlantic Ocean.”

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory