In early April, an international team of researchers went to the Rosszee. And soon the first highlight of the expedition occurred. The researchers spotted ‘dragon skin ice cream’.
Researcher Guy Williams says: “Dragon skin-ice is a very rare bizarre evidence of a dark chaos in the cryospheric (snow and ice dominated, red.) Empire, something we have not seen in Antarctica since 2007.”
When looking at the ice, you understand why the ice is compared to a dragon skin. The surface of the ice reminds one another of overlapping scales.
But how does this particular sea ice develop? It’s all about falling winds, Williams explains. “Imagine ice cubes form filling you at an instance with water. After one week you have one form full of ice cubes. But if you empty and refill the shape every night, you get a lot more.
And that’s what the fall winds actually do. “The wind lift the formed sea ice, leaving the underlying water exposed. “And more ice is formed.” This literally creates an array of “icy scales”.