Exploring Earth's sea ice, land ice, snow and permafrost.
It’s not all ice and land elevation…the “C” in ICESat-2 stands for clouds☁️! Today's #PhotonPhriday takes us above the Pacific, where #ICESat2 took measurements not only of clouds, but smoke from this fall's fires🔥 in Sonoma County, Calif. (h/t Stephen Palm for the image)
ICESat-2's science mission focuses on measuring our planet's frozen polar regions, but the satellite is on all the time - capturing trees, cities, and Earth's stunning geologic formations .
California, here we come! Thousands of Earth and space scientists are packing their bags and poster tubes for #AGU19 next week in San Francisco🌉 - but here's a sneak peak at the hilly city courtesy of our height-measuring #ICESat2 🛰️ & #PhotonPhriday !
From yesterday's #IceBridge flight: A tabular iceberg can be seen on the right, floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C ice shelf. The iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf.
2018 Arctic sea ice minimum extent tied for sixth lowest in the nearly 40-year satellite record
Operation #IceBridge ✈️ helped pull back Greenland’s curtain of ice ❄️to identify an impact crater from a meteor thousands of years in the past.
A possible crater 🕳 caused by a meteor impact ☄️ lies buried beneath more than a mile of ice ❄️ in Greenland. It’s more than 22 miles 📏 wide, which would make it the 22nd largest impact crater ever found on Earth.