When scientists talk about the cryosphere, they mean the places on Earth where water is in its solid form, frozen into ice or snow. Read more ...
On Friday, 17 October 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (USA Mountain Time), our Web site and FTP services will be unavailable because of system maintenance. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.
complex, fragile shapes of snow on top of sea ice that resemble sand dunes; they form parallel to the prevailing wind direction; sastrugi can also form on snow cover over land.
Sastrugi at South Pole Station, Antarctica. (Photo courtesy of Fred Walton, NOAA Corps Collection.)