21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Pancake ice details

Pancake ice is one of the first stages of formation of new sea ice. In the beginning of the wintertime, ice crystals formed in the first layers of the water column aggregate and create a layer of grease ice at the surface. This grease ice will then solidify to become frazil, and as the incoming swell breaks this frazil into pieces, the pieces will collide with each other and get round corners : the pancake ice.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 03.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Antarctica
Camera: ILCE-7M3
Copyright: © Laura Jourdan