Latest Melt pond Stories
Over the past few decades, Arctic sea ice has been retreating, and although research shows a downward trend in snow on land in the Arctic, long-term measurements of snow depth on sea ice have been less clear.
Even from 65,000 feet above Earth, aquamarine melt ponds in the Arctic stand out against the white sea ice and ice sheets. These ponds form every summer, as snow that built up on the ice melts, creating crystal clear pools.
Last week's pictures from the North Pole Experimental Observatory showed pools of polar sea water, but experts say they aren't "particularly extreme."
Melt ponds, a favorite phenomenon among arctic photographers, are turquoise or dark blue pools of water that appear on ice floes during the Arctic summer.
The summer melting season in Greenland usually lasts from June when the first puddles of meltwater appear, to September when temperatures begin to cool again.
researchers using 20 years of data from space-based sensors have confirmed that Antarctic snow is melting farther inland from the coast over time, melting at higher altitudes than ever.
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