Dragon skin ice spotted in Antarctica for first time in 10 years

A rare form of ice known as Dragon skin ice spotted in Antarctica for first time in 10 years by a researcher from the University of Tasmania.

“Dragon-skin ice is very rare, bizarre, evidence of a darker chaos in the cryospheric realm, not seen in Antarctica since 2007,” said Dr Guy Williams, a member of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania.

Dr Williams is one of 27 scientists from eight different countries who are studying the behavior of coastal polynyas – areas of open water surrounded by sea ice.

Dragon skin ice is created by strong winds called katabatic winds.

Dragon skin occurs when katabatic wind buffets the sea even as it freezes. The rough seas create the layered and scale-like ice.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk / imas.utas.edu.au

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(Photo: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies)

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