Thin sections of sea ice photographed under polarized light. Individual ice crystals are shown by different colors. The color is random – it does not tell us anything specific about the crystals. Examples of granular ice, with smaller crystals in the top parts of the ice samples, are shown in the top rows. Columnar ice, with long layered ice crystals, can be seen in the bottom rows. Several pictures with columnar ice have air bubbles, for example all pictures in the left column and the center right picture [Credit: Polona Itkin and Anja Rösel, Norwegian Polar Institute].
The Oscars 2018 might be over, but we have something for you that is just as cool or even cooler (often cooler than -20°C)! Our Image of the Week shows thin sections of sea ice photographed under polarized light, highlighting individual ice crystals in different colors, and is taken from a short video that we made. Read more about what this picture shows and watch the movie about how we got these ...[Read More]