Many glaciologists look forward to going on fieldtrips and then, once they are back, they make us dream by posting breathtaking photos (like THIS or THIS or THIS). However, the reality of the field can sometimes be very different….
The picture illustrates how difficult it can be to work on sea ice when the snow on top of it starts to melt and forms slush (a mixture of snow and liquid water that looks very much like an Italian granita).
Here, the sled carrying the field equipment is half drowned in the slush while the technician who came to the rescue (with his skidoo in the back) is also sunk.
On this blog post you can read about another expedition of M. Kotovitch on sea ice.
Edited by Emma Smith