This photo of the Hubbard Glacier in southeastern Alaska was taken from a cruise ship about an eighth of a mile (0.2 km) away. Stretching out to 76 mi (122 km) in length and 7 mi (11 km) in width, at its widest, Hubbard is the largest tidewater glacier in North America. Image credit: Vince DeFrancisci; Vince’s Web site
We’ve come to one of the coldest spots on Earth to search for beings that thrive in blistering heat. In a place with full daylight for four months, we’re seeking life that dwells in utter darkness. Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus. Above: A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to Warren Cave, a labyrinth of passages melted from the ice by the volcano’s heat. Small currents of air probably cause the scalloping around the cave’s entrance. Image © Carsten Peter / National Geographic
This image from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft, indicate that ice may make up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in a crater located on the moon’s south pole. Image credit: NASA/Zuber, M.T. et al., Nature, 2012
In the image you can see a meltwater pond nestled amid the rock-and-ice covered fringe of Greenland. Most of the surface of Greenland is covered with fresh water—about 2.6 million cubic kilometers of it. Yet that water is frozen, locked up in ice and snow. NASA Photograph by Jim Yungel, NASA Wallops Flight Facility
This picture was taken last winter in Finnish Lapland where weather can include sub-freezing temperatures and driving snow. These giant trees covered in snow and ice, are possibly the guardians of the North. Surreal landscapes sometimes result, where common trees become cloaked in white. Image Credit: Niccolò Bonfadini via apod
Located just 600 miles (970 kilometers) from the North Pole, Franz Josef Land is perpetually coated with ice. Glaciers cover roughly 85 percent of the archipelago’s land masses, and sea ice floats in the channels between islands even in the summertime.