Ocean ponds atop the Arctic ice cap • Earth.com

Last update: September 19th, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day comes thanks to the NASA Earth Observatory and features a look at ocean ponds lining the top of the Arctic ice cap.

While many assume that the Arctic ice cap is a solid sheet of white ice, the truth is that it can be many different colors, especially during the spring and summer. That’s because warmer temperatures cause meltage, which creates mini ponds like these in between pieces of ice.

This image was captured by researchers from the NASA-funded ICESCAPE mission.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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