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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory. Selected by: J. Fyke.

Ice plays an important role in the climate system. This image, of the east coast of Greenland, shows a wide variety of ice. On land, fast-flowing outlet glaciers originating from the Greenland Ice Sheet calve icebergs into the ocean. Sea-ice (formed from the freezing of seawater) exists as land-anchored shelves, large multiyear rafts and small chunks that are caught within the eddies of the south-flowing East Greenland Current.

This image was the NASA Earth Observatory Image of the Day for 2 April, 2010.

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