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 ...
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Processes that affect the growth and melt of sea ice are referred to as thermodynamics. Due to the dynamic nature of the ocean, sea ice does not simply grow and melt in a single place. Instead, sea ice is constantly moving and changing location.
Sea ice surrounds a tabular ice berg near the Antarctic Peninsula
—Credit: Ted Scambos, NSIDC
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