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Ice on land not on water

28 February 2017

The light is getting back and the result of the warm periods in winter with heavy rain becomes visible. The whole tundra is covered with ice. And the fjord has no ice. It is the world upside down. Geir Mathiassen is returning to Ny-Ålesund to work for the Mapping Authority and made this picture while flying in. You see the fjord and the breeding islands in Kongsfjorden. There is snow and grey spots on the islands, and just a bit of shining ice behind the islands covering the fjord. The next shot is from Prins Heinrichsøya. Now you can see that the grey areas are ice. And flying over the village, every spot on the tundra is covered in ice. Reindeer are stuck. No food at the end of winter and no possibility to escape over the ice. Hopefully there are some seeweeds washed on the shore, so they have something to chew on before they starve.

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