One afternoon after a long day working on the ice, we decided to drink some of the water from a clear blue melt pond.

drinking from melt pond

We inched ourselves to the edge while on our bellies, and slurped up some of the icy cold liquid.  Ah! It was so refreshing!  We smiled and laughed.

Even though we knew we had looked silly, we didn’t care.  It was the most delicious water we had ever drank.  And we knew few people get to have such an experience!

Melt ponds

The water in an Arctic melt pond is some of the freshest and cleanest on earth. A melt pond occurs when the snow on top of the ice begins to melt. It forms a depression in the ice that holds the water. The fresh water at the bottom of the pond freezes and clogs all the pores between the ice crystals so the water can’t leak out and prevents it from mixing with the salty sea water below.

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Jan Arrigo

Jan currently teaches Kindergarten and First grade in Palo Alto, CA. She looks forward to a new challenge in the Fall of both Second and Fourth grades. Her main focus on the Healy will be to bring real world Science to elementary school students through text, pictures, videos and live streaming.

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