After a Year in the Ice, the Biggest-Ever Arctic Science Mission Ends

After a Year in the Ice, the Biggest-Ever Arctic Science Mission Ends

So on July 30, they removed the last remaining equipment from the ice. “And then we woke up the next morning and our ice floe was in a thousand pieces,” he said. Instead, in late May, the Polarstern left its ice floe to rendezvous with two smaller ships carrying Dr. Shupe and others off the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard. Abandoning the floe for nearly a month affected some of the research, the expedition’s leaders said at the time. Some people were really, really worried.”

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