Arctic Ice Holes, NASA

NASA used to fly a mission over the Polar Regions, and the mission is called as “OperationIceBridge.” The primary purpose of the flight for this year is to gather information about the areas that are not covered by missions since 2013.

The photo of the Arctic ice hole was snapped by Sonntag when he was flying in a P-3 research plane over the part of the Beaufort Sea. The scientists say that the ice that is present near the holes is young and are relatively new due to the wave-like features. The ice that is present in the area is thin, but they cannot determine the reason which makes them semi-circle around the hole.

The image which was taken by the Sonntag shows that in the middle of the picture, one can see three spots. These spots are the hole in the ice, and they are present in the form of wave-like features, and to the right side of the image, we can see a vertical tracing line that runs through the image as “finger rafting.” As per NASA, finger rafting like structures occurs when ice floes collided and formed a jagged ridge at the spot.

IceBridge project scientist Nathan Kurtz said, “It is an area of thin ice, as you can see finger rafting near the holes and the color is gray enough to indicate little snow cover, I am not sure what kind of dynamics could lead to the semi-circle-shaped features surrounding the holes. I have never seen anything like that before.”

Walt Meier who is the scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center said, “The encircling features may be due to waves of water washing out over the snow and ice when the seals surface, Or it could be a sort of drainage feature that results from when the hole is made in the ice.”

The photo of this ice hole was featured in the NASA’s April 2018 image Puzzler, and it encourages people to guess about the image. People who are speculating about the picture are not guessing about the aliens or any other outside world theories.

According to the NASA, these holes can be formed due to the result of warm paths in which water flows underneath the ice or could be a seal which has to poke up the ice sheet to breathe.


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