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Rapid Ice Movement

Detailed Description

One glacier on Russian islands in the Arctic Ocean surprised scientists with its rapid change. After decades of normal, slow movement, a glacier draining Vavilov Ice Cap sprang forward, accelerating rapidly after 2013. This fast movement is extremely rare for cold-based glaciers. In 5 years, the ice tongue doubled in size. In this inverted rendition, land is blue and fractured sea ice appears tan across the top of the image.

  • Collection: Earth As Art 6
  • Source: Landsat 8
  • Download: JPG TIF

Sources/Usage

Public Domain.