National Geographic News

Polar Landscape

Photograph by Gordon Wiltsie

Spread with craggy hummocks of ice, the Arctic is a stark terrain of glaciers, snow, and ice, seen here from a plane en route from Eureka, Northwest Territories, Canada, to the North Pole. There is actually no land beneath the North Pole, just a shifting pack of sea ice, six to ten feet (two to three meters) thick, floating above the Arctic Ocean.

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