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Sea ice is really cool stuff. It’s more flexible than ice that forms from fresh water, and as a result it can sometimes bend in beautiful ways. Here’s a lead that’s been “frozen” into a wavy pattern. This lead was very thin… a running start would probably have been sufficient to jump over to the other side. The wave probably formed as the small ice floe that I’m standing on was gently squeezed by bigger, stronger surrounding floes.. You can even see how in the low part (the trough) of the “wave,” the snow and ice have been flooded over by sea water (it’s darker there).

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