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The Cryosphere refers to any place on Earth where water is in its solid form, where low temperatures freeze water and turn it into ice. The frozen water can be in the form of solid ice or snow and occurs in many places around the Earth.

The Earth System interacts with Cryosphere in the following ways: 

 

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Explore the spatial patterns observed in meteorological data and learn how this information is used to predict weather and understand climate behavior. By observing patterns in data we can classify our observations and investigate underlying cause and effect relationships.

Sea ice is frozen seawater. It floats on the ocean. It forms in both the Arctic and the Antarctic each winter. The Arctic is a continent in the North Pole. The Antarctic is a continent in the South Pole. Sea ice shrinks in summer but does not completely disappear.

Most people I meet don’t spend much time thinking about the polar regions on planet Earth; the poles just seem too far away. I mean, Antarctica, really? Only extreme explorers and a few scientists spend time thinking about those frozen places.

A persistent heatwave has been lingering over parts of Europe, setting record high temperatures and turning typically green landscapes to brown.