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Aerial view of Arctic melting “pond” looks stunningly gorgeous


Travel On The Dollar
August 4, 2014  •  2 minutes read  •  

Having traveled to Iceland recently and gazing at the Jökulsárlón “icebergs”, I cannot marvel enough at the gorgeous turquoise color of the frozen water. And now NASA posted this picture of a splotch of that gorgeous color, when ice melts on the surface of the ice covering the Arctic.

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A digital camera on NASA’s ER-2 airplane captured this top-down view of a melt pond atop a glacier in southeastern Alaska on July 16, 2014. Chunks of ice float on the pond’s turquoise water.

An ER-2, a civilian version of the Air Force’s U2-S reconnaissance plane—was flying at 64,000 feet (20,000 meters), about twice as high as a commercial jet when it captured this stunning image.

Read more at NASA’s Earth Observatory website.



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