Sea Ice Surrounds The Volcanic Island
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February 14, 2011 - Swirling shapes of ghostly blue-gray sea ice surrounds the volcanic island of Shikotan at the southern end of the Kuril island chain. North of the western end of Shikotan, eddies have shaped the ice into rough circles. Uneven snow cover exaggerates the island’s rugged appearance. Multiple forces have shaped Shikotan over millions of years. Geologic studies indicate that it has been battered by multiple tsunamis, although wind, rain, and tectonic forces likely play a greater role in shaping the surface. Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the island is seismically active.
December 8th, 2011
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