These crazy ice crystals forming on a window make my imagination go wild

There are some pretty nutty patterns that pop up in this time lapse of frost and ice crystals forming on Brenda Loewen's kitchen window. They almost look like the surface of a different planet or a topographical map of miserable wastelands or a microscopic look at creepy organisms. Whatever your imagination sees, it's… » 3/14/15 6:02pm 3/14/15 6:02pm

Marvel At The Variety Of Sea Ice Along The Northwest Passage

Not all ice is created equal: this view of the Amundsen Gulf has open ocean, older thick ice, young thin ice, fresh snow and even broken brash ice adrift at sea. » 3/11/15 11:36am 3/11/15 11:36am

Are These Mountains On Mars Hiding Ice Just Beneath Their Surface?

The pictures of Martian mountain range Phlegra Montes look characteristically dry and dusty. But not so fast, say researchers at ESA. Just 60 feet below the surface, they think there's something buried: Ice. » 2/23/15 9:20am 2/23/15 9:20am

A Stunning 3D Cross-Section Of Greenland's Ice Sheet

NASA scientists have used ice-penetrating radar to create a remarkable visualization of the many frozen layers that constitute Greenland's expansive ice sheet. » 1/29/15 1:20pm 1/29/15 1:20pm

This Is The Fish Researchers Found Living Underneath 2,400 Feet Of Ice

After drilling down through almost half a mile in solid ice on a glacial shelf in Antarctica, scientists found something surprising. There was something alive swimming in the just over 30 feet of water: this strange, clear fish. » 1/23/15 2:20pm 1/23/15 2:20pm

This Little Red Plane Carries A Full Load Of Science

This tiny plane flying over ice sheets as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge mission in Alaska. With little to interrupt the seemingly-endless sheets of white, this cheery red plane flies in summer and fall to monitor glaciers and sea ice while measuring clouds and greenhouse gas concentrations. » 1/15/15 11:19am 1/15/15 11:19am

An Unusually Strong Winter Storm Produced Beautiful Ice Formations

This is just one of a series of photos taken by Marko Korošec of Mount Javornik, part of a mountain range in eastern Slovenia. Ten days of snow, high winds, and freezing fog produced layers of rime ice over everything up the mountain, including 3-foot ice spikes. See the rest of Korošec's photos on his 500px page. » 12/23/14 1:33am 12/23/14 1:33am

We Lose A Chunk Of Antarctic Ice The Size Of Mt. Everest Every 2 Years

An analysis of the past 21 years of West Antarctica's rapidly dwindling glacier cover has revealed some troubling news: The rate of melting has tripled in the past decade alone. And it's only getting faster. » 12/02/14 1:40pm 12/02/14 1:40pm

Here's A Thirty-Year History Of Getting Closer To Comets

Rosetta's lander Philae is warming up to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in just a few hours. It will be our first-ever attempt at touching down on a dirty chunk of ice in space. But how close have we gotten to a comet before? » 11/11/14 1:16pm 11/11/14 1:16pm

It's Not Just The Arctic Ice That's Thinning -- It's The Snow Too

It's no secret that the ice in the arctic is getting thinner, both in terms of sheer volume and in terms of land mass occupied. But now, scientists say that we should also be concerned about the snow on top of that ice. » 8/18/14 10:59am 8/18/14 10:59am

Melt Ponds on Ice Sheets Are Chillingly Beautiful

When endless summer days reach the Arctic, the massive expanses of rarely-interrupted blinding white is cut by lakes and rivers of meltwater. The deep blue set against white is a unique, surreal beauty, creating an alien landscape that is smooth, crisp, and cool in its simplicity. » 8/05/14 7:49pm 8/05/14 7:49pm

The Unstoppable Collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

A new study indicates that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in a state of irreversible decline. Over the past 40 years, the flow of glaciers into the sea has sped up. As a result, the sheets are thinning, melting the ice faster than we thought it would. Soon, sea levels will be rising. » 5/12/14 4:11pm 5/12/14 4:11pm

Witness the Birth of a Snowflake

One of the more technically creative time lapses we've seen in a long while, Snowtime is a 2-minute "microscopic time-lapse" by Vyacheslav Ivanov that captures the mesmerizing bloom of budding ice crystals in all their hexagonal glory. » 2/22/14 11:00am 2/22/14 11:00am

Watch the ice in the arctic disappear over the last 25 years

With the incredibly frosty temperatures we've been having this year, it's easy to imagine that the melting ice might be getting a temporary reprieve — until you watch this video of the arctic ice shrinking over the last few decades, that is. » 2/19/14 1:17pm 2/19/14 1:17pm

The trippy light created by ice from the arctic vortex in Toronto

Sunchaser Pictures' Gavin Heffernan is back with another incandescent timelapse, this time of the city of Toronto covered in glistening ice after the arctic vortex passed through. » 1/14/14 3:45pm 1/14/14 3:45pm

These Wallpapers of Icy Planets Are Perfect for Winter Escapism

Winter is lovely, but it also makes us yearn for even more extreme wintry landscapes on other worlds or in the ice-studded realms of outer space. Here are some wallpapers to give your computer some seasonal flare — in space! » 12/23/13 5:00pm 12/23/13 5:00pm

Scientists claim they've discovered the coldest place on Earth

Analyses of global surface temperature maps have allowed researchers at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) to pinpoint the absolute coldest place on Earth – and you won't believe how freakishly frigid it gets. » 12/10/13 7:20am 12/10/13 7:20am

What lava looks like when poured over ice

It's difficult for geologists to witness the flow of lava on snow- and ice-covered volcanos, so researchers with the Syracuse University Lava Project decided to create their own simulation, melting 300 kg of lava and pouring it over ice to watch the effects. » 6/29/13 9:00am 6/29/13 9:00am

Two possible ways that life evolved in ice

We know the first single-celled organisms were swarming across the planet over 3.5 billion years ago. The big question is how the precursors of those cells made the jump from collections of chemicals to multicellular organisms. Two recent theories explain that it's all about ice. » 5/31/13 3:02pm 5/31/13 3:02pm

Antarctic timelapse aboard an icebreaker… for science!

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accomodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling… » 5/05/13 12:32pm 5/05/13 12:32pm