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Floating Sea Ice in the Bering Sea

Northern Bering Sea | St. Lawrence Island

Date of acquisition:    June 9th, 2022  |  23:28:35 UTC

Sensor: Sentinel-2B L2A

Coordinates:     ca. 63°N, 175°W

The Sentinel-2 satellite image shows traces of last winter in the Bering Sea west of St. Lawrence Island.

A month earlier, this place was a huge sea ice field with large ice blocks (see image from 05/12/2022), from which a 260 km long “cloud” of small floating ice floes remained. Most of them only 5 – 30 metres in size and even smaller. In the middle, the ice thickens into a semi-loose brash ice.

Weak ocean currents only slowly bring warming to this place, so that the ice field could remain in a compact form for so long and now represents a beautiful fairytale formation.

Images contain modified Copernicus Service information [2022].