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Snow and Ice

Iceland’s Glacial Lagoon
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Iceland’s Glacial Lagoon

Speckled with blue and white icebergs, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is a stunning landscape, but also a relatively new one.

Published Dec 11, 2019

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Erebus Casts a Mighty Shadow
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Erebus Casts a Mighty Shadow

The low Sun angle illuminated the eastern slopes of the Antarctic volcano, casting a long shadow to the west.

Published Dec 8, 2019

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Snow Cover
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Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Mar 2000 — Nov 2019

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Porpoiseful Ice Studies
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Porpoiseful Ice Studies

Hundreds of scientific papers have come out of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, which ended this week.

Published Nov 22, 2019

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Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink
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Permafrost Becoming a Carbon Source Instead of a Sink

As global and regional warming continues, winter emissions of carbon dioxide from Arctic lands are offsetting what plants absorb in the summer.

Published Nov 18, 2019

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