30 Apr '18, 2pm

Beauty in the Beaufort Ice Pack

In February 2018, the average extent of sea ice in the Arctic was the lowest of any February on record, thanks to a winter warming event . Then, on March 17, 2018, Arctic sea ice extent reached its annual peak; it was the second-lowest maximum on record . By the time this image was acquired in mid-April, springtime sunlight and warmth had advanced the melting to produce some beautiful patterns and textures in the Beaufort Sea, north of Canada. The natural-color image was acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on April 15, 2018. A small part of the image (lower right) was mosaicked in from an April 17 image in order to show more of Mackenzie Bay. In the days before this image was acquired, the region experienced an extended period of generally sunny days, allowing ample sunlight to reach the ice and melt its surface. The thinnest ice appears blue-gray. T...

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