Web of Cracks in Meltwater Ice
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Web of Cracks in Meltwater Ice

May 30, 2011
A web of cracks in meltwater ice along the edge of Byrd Glacier, Antarctica.

This image was taken by John Goodge, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, during an Antarctic expedition. Goodge and Jeff Vervoort, an isotope geochemist from Washington State University, traveled to Antarctica to collect and analyze rocks in order to build a better picture of the continent hidden beneath the polar ice cap. The trip was funded by a grant (OPP 09-44645) from the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs.

The National Science Foundation runs the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). In addition to maintaining three U.S. research stations on the continent, USAP supports research projects in an array of scientific disciplines, including for example, aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology, and ocean and climate systems. Outreach, such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program, and education programs are also supported. For more information about USAP, visit the program's website Here. (Date of Image: December 2010)

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