July 22: Ward Hunt

We have arrived on the Ward Hunt ice shelf and are busy taking measurements and noting GPS coordinates. We hope to publish more news tomorrow.

The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf is a remnant of the compacted snow and ancient sea ice that extended along the northern shores of Ellesmere Island in Northern Canada until the early twentieth century. Rising temperatures have reduced the original shelf into a number of smaller shelves, the largest of which was the Ward Hunt Ice Shelf on the northwest fringe of the island.