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Snow and Ice

Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice Launches
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Mission to Track Earth's Changing Ice Launches

NASA’s ICESat-2 successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Published Sep 17, 2018

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Dirty Ice in Foxe Basin
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Dirty Ice in Foxe Basin

Sea ice that has been tinged brown is common in this part of the Canadian Arctic.

Published Sep 24, 2018

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Beached Bergs in Alaska
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Beached Bergs in Alaska

Glaciers shed icebergs throughout summer, and the icy bodies collect at the beach.

Published Sep 10, 2018

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“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier
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“Snow Swamp” on Lowell Glacier

A large expanse of snow on the Canadian glacier melted in just four days due to warm temperatures.

Published Sep 6, 2018

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Snow Cover
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Snow Cover

Snow and ice influences 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.

Feb 2000 — Jul 2018

Snow and Ice