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In the ice

September 10, 2012

We reached the ice edge around 6 a.m. LST on Monday, September 10 at 82N. At first we encountered small first-year ice floes and some brash ice. As we went further into the pack, it was mostly first-year ice (less than 100 meters in size, and less than 1 meter thick) and brash ice, equaling 9/10ths ice concentration. Lots of polar bear footprints on the first-year ice and we saw our first polar bear off in the distance. Because of the heavy fog I wasn’t able to get a good picture of the bear. We are also not flying the helicopter until the fog lifts.

As of 11 a.m. LST, we are at 82.23N, 25.44E and it’s still foggy. Ice concentration has dropped to 5/10ths. Ice now consists of first-year ice floes between 1 to 2 meters thick (still less than 100 meters in size), second-year ice (2 meters thick), and some brash ice. A few scattered pressure ridges, but mostly undeformed ice.

Location: 82.23N, 25.44E

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