Sunday’s transect across McClure Strait was accompanied by the loud crunching of breaking ice, and the temperature dropped to around 5 degrees Fahrenheit. As we approached Prince Patrick Island, heading north, we encountered a solitary polar bear headed south. The bear seemed indifferent to our presence, while the scientists on board scrambled for a good look at the great white nomad. The transect ended slightly south of latitude 76 degrees north. Shadows of people, cast by the sun at noon here, are fifty to sixty feet long and are growing longer as the year progresses. The entire day looks like a sunset or sunrise, and the reflections of the low sun off myriad patterns of sea ice are, to say the least, enchanting.
Posted by: usfarctic2011 | October 21, 2011
Journey into the Ice
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