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Looking for facts and information? See About the Cryosphere.
Icelights: Answers to your burning questions about ice and climate
What's hot in the news around climate and sea ice and what are scientists talking about now? Read more...
What is the Cryosphere?
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 ...
The Arctic hare grows a thick coat of white fur that keeps it warm during the cold winters and also helps prevent predators from seeing it in snowy landscapes.
—Credit: Cathy Haglund, flickr
Ecology is the study of the complex ways that living things interact with their environment. In regions that receive a lot of snow, plants and animals have to cope with unique challenges. For example, how do animals find food in the snow? And how do plants survive through the winter?
To survive in places with snow, living things have evolved some interesting adaptations.
For more information see Snow Resources.
Education Resources: Online map tools, video, printed, and printable materials. Photographs, animations, and more.
Cryosphere Glossary: Find terms and definitions relating to snow and ice.
Cold Links: Search for Earth system education materials.
Is there fresh snow at the ski hill? Visit NSIDC Scientist Drew Slater's site for SNOTEL station snow data in the Western U.S., updated hourly.