NASA Baffle by Mysterious Ice Circles in the Arctic: Somewhere in the Arctic sea ice: where the temperatures are typically below freezing on even the balmiest days, there is a random pattern of holes. NASA the rocket scientists who take us to the moon and want to make us to the Mars cannot figure out they are.
NASA Baffle by Mysterious Ice Circles in the Arctic
NASA has spent past decade flying over Earth’s the Arctic and Antarctic regions in an attempting to understand connections between the world’s climate systems and to looking at global warming’s effect on some of coldest place on earth.
Missions have a name straight out of James Bond novel Operation Ice Bridge.
It’s an intensive, six-month survey over two hemispheres that uses the most sophisticating suite of innovative science instruments ever assembling, including laser altimeters, plane-base LIDAR and NASA satellites.
And with all that, NASA’s official scientific explanation for the bizarre phenomenon is essential.
“We saw these sorta-circular features only for a few minutes today,” Ice Bridge mission scientist John Sonntag is a man who is snapping the photo, writing from the field. I don’t recall to see this sort of thing elsewhere.
The sort of things he saw were three amoeba-shaped holes in a vast, unbroken sheet of thin ice. Not content to keep the bafflement in-house, or perhaps as a fishing expedition, the folks at NASA presented the photo to the space-curious public.
It is posting a picture of the mysterious ice holes as the April 2018 Puzzler, a monthly contest in which NASA asks viewers to describe a strange picture object.
The post, however, never mentions that the NASA’s scientists are among the puzzle.
“Your challenge,” the contest rules say, “it is to use the comments section to tell us what we are looking at and why this place is interesting.”
Competitors are coming up with a host of answers The holes may remnants of meteorites or maybe dry up salt lakes, some says.
No one guessing “entrance to the fortress of solitude” or aliens, or suggesting that they were the non-crop versions of crop circles, although one person is guessing that America’s space agency post a picture of “something that is coming from outer space.”
Sonntag is snapping the photo April 14 while Operation Ice Bridge is flying a P-3 research plane over a part of the Beaufort Sea that scientists have not explored in detail since the year 2013.
They know that there is ice, as sea ice geophysicist Don Perovich tells NASA, “likely thin, soft and mushy and somewhat pliable.”
That means the holes can occur naturally, as warmer bodies of water “make their presence known in this particular area,” melting the sea ice, Chris Shuman, a glaciologist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre, tells NASA.
May the seals have taken advantage of the mushy ice to gnaw air holes that will allow them to surface and take a breath where breaks in the ice don’t naturally occur.
Area seals could not reach for comment, but Walt Meier, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre, tells Mirror that the encircling features.
That lighter areas of ice around the holes “may be due to waves of water washing out over the snow and ice when the seals surface.”
Sonntag and his camera are no strangers to bizarre frozen phenomena. He is a research and development scientist with NASA and is assigning to Operation Ice Bridge.
He’s also the one who is snapping that photo of the crack on one of the most massive ice shelves that ultimately gave the world an iceberg the size of Delaware.
So he has seen a lot of ice and snapping a lot of photos of rarely seen, icy phenomena. And all of it was explainable until now.
These are the points to describe on the NASA Baffled by Mysterious Ice Circles in The Arctic.