Articles | Volume 14, issue 7
The Cryosphere, 14, 2173–2187, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2173-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 2173–2187, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-2173-2020

Research article 06 Jul 2020

Research article | 06 Jul 2020

The MOSAiC ice floe: sediment-laden survivor from the Siberian shelf

Thomas Krumpen et al.

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In October 2019 the research vessel Polarstern was moored to an ice floe in order to travel with it on the 1-year-long MOSAiC journey through the Arctic. Here we provide historical context of the floe's evolution and initial state for upcoming studies. We show that the ice encountered on site was exceptionally thin and was formed on the shallow Siberian shelf. The analyses presented provide the initial state for the analysis and interpretation of upcoming biogeochemical and ecological studies.