The Ward Hunt Island Ice Shelf

February 26, 2009 9:30pm

The Ward Hunt Island ice shelf. Straight ahead, some 460 miles, lies the North Pole. Beyond the ice shelf lies an endless patch of broken ice, made of pressure ridges fragmented by the increasing thawing and freezing, and the enormous force of currents forcing the ice onto the

continental shelf. Pressure ridges and “leads” of open water, along with the often frigid temperatures are the leading challenges of North Pole expeditions.

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