Seeing above the Antarctica[1] Photographer: Mario Tama / Getty
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Description Patterns of white and blue ice are seen from NASA’s Operation IceBridge research aircraft, in the Antarctic Peninsula region, on October 31, 2017, above Antarctica.

NASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a set of nine-hour research flights over West Antarctica to monitor ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft.

According to NASA, the current mission targets "sea ice in the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and along the English and Bryan Coasts." The National Climate Assessment, a study produced every four years by scientists from 13 federal agencies of the U.S. government, released a stark report on November 2 stating that global temperature rise over the past 115 years has been primarily caused by "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases."

Photo by Mario Tama / Getty

EXIF Date Time: 2017:10:31 12:47:33
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
Aperture F Number: f/13.0
Exposure Time: 1/1250s
Focal Length: 70mm
ISO: 100