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permafrost, nsidc, kevin schaefer, alaska, barrow114 viewsKevin Schaefer walks along the road to a next survey site near Barrow Alaska on August 11, 2013. Contrary to what the sign says, the effective speed limit was actually 5 mph (Credit: Elchin Jafarov, NSIDC).
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113 viewsA researcher's winter gloves provide a sense of scale to sastrugi, sharp irregular grooves or ridges formed on a snow surface by wind erosion, seen during the 2013 Arctic Observing Network (Snownet) project.
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permafrost, nsidc, kevin schaefer, alaska, barrow112 viewsKevin Schaefer pulls a ground penetrating radar unit through the tundra near Barrow, Alaska on August 14, 2013 to measure the active layer depth. The radar unit (in the box) emits a pulse which reflects off the permafrost to measure the active layer depth, which is recorded in the computer held by Andy Parsekian (Credit: Elchin Jafarov, NSIDC).
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permafrost, nsidc, kevin schaefer, alaska, barrow112 viewsAndy Parsekian, Kevin Schaefer, and Lin Liu use a ground penetrating radar to measure the depth of an ice wedge on August 15, 2013. The survey line lies perpendicular to the ice wedge and similar ice wedges crisscross the tundra in the background (Credit: Elchin Jafarov, NSIDC).
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