Ice in the Ocean



“You are in a world of white.…The sun burns low on the horizon through a scintillating suspension of ice crystals.…All around lies a pure white landscape of snow, like a…field, with…gentle hummocks, valleys and occasional rocky lumps softened by the snowy mantle. The field is bordered by what looks like a white stone wall.…Great white rock monoliths rear into the sky, while others lie at random at their feet and in some places there is a semblance of a regularly laid pattern of blocks. It is a pressure ridge…Beneath your feet are three metres of sea ice. Beneath that are five thousand metres of water. You are walking on the Arctic Ocean.”