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ice poles deflecting ice floes

Dangerous ice

During a four week expedition aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star in the summer of 2002, scientists and sailors battled Arctic Ocean ice to observe one of the world’s least-studied bodies of water. As they deployed moorings and cast instruments into the cold, deep water, research associate and photographer Chris Linder  of the WHOI Physical Oceanography Department documented their efforts. Here Linder captured the crew using makeshift “ice poles” to push floes away from a mooring line bearing flotation spheres.
(Photo by Chris Linder, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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