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Dragon’s Ice – Strange phenomenon in Antarctica

Credit: Guy Williams/PIPER collaboration

Credit: Guy Williams/PIPER collaboration

‘Dragon’s Ice’ has been observed recently in Antarctica, the last time this phenomenon was seen was 10 years ago.

This extreme phenomenon rarely occurs only during the strong wind, the result being a natural water formation that no one has been able to study in detail before.

‘Extremely rare and also bizarre, this phenomenon is evidence of a dark chaos in the area of the cryosphere, not seen in Antarctica since 2007’ Guy Williams, a member of the Marine Institute of the University of Tasmania.

Cryosferic region is the area of the planet that is covered by ice.

The katabatic winds are the winds that form ‘Dragon’s Ice’, being so powerful that it raises the outer layer of ice and exposes the water to low temperatures, thus forming the scaly skin model.

Credit: Guy Williams/PIPER collaboration

Credit: Guy Williams/PIPER collaboration

One Comment

  1. I knew it for a long time but I never saw a image of it. Awesome.

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