Snow and Ice

Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast
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Sea Ice Takes a Spin Down the Coast

Ice fragments from Greenland and the Arctic form elaborate swirls as they are swept south.

Published Jun 12, 2024

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Humboldt Glacier’s Demise
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Humboldt Glacier’s Demise

Venezuela is the first postglacial nation in the Andes, as its last substantial patch of ice is now considered too small to flow under its own weight.

Published Jun 7, 2024

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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 — May 2024

Snow and Ice

Long Shadows of Mongolian Mountains
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Long Shadows of Mongolian Mountains

In central Asia, jagged mountain peaks rise high above the steppe.

Published May 26, 2024

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Antarctic Ice Shelf Spawns Iceberg A-83
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Antarctic Ice Shelf Spawns Iceberg A-83

The Brunt Ice Shelf lost a large wedge of floating ice, the third sizeable iceberg to calve from the shelf in recent years.

Published May 23, 2024

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