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Images: Life on the Ice

"As that helicopter flies away, you realize that it’s just you and the ice, and what you brought with you," said researcher Sarah Das, of her arrival on the ice sheet. "You really hope that you have everything you need." 

Ice axes helped Mark Behn (jumping) and Ian Joughin negotiate icy slopes and meltwater streams.

Miles of hiking in hard plastic mountaineering boots took their toll on Sarah Das’s feet.

The team prepared meals and hot drinks over a gas stove in a 10-by-10-foot cook tent. Oatmeal with dried fruit, grilled cheese sandwiches, and pasta proved popular.

WHOI photographer Chris Linder slept on air-filled pads to keep his body off the ice, and managed to keep his socks dry by hanging them overnight.