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August 27, 2020
Hochstetter Ice Cap Loses All Snowcover in 2020, Franz Josef Land
Landsat images from 1999, 2015 and 2020 of Hochstetter ice Cap. Snowcover=100% in 1999, 80% in 2015 and 0% in 2020. Hochstetter Ice Cap covers most of Hocstetter Island (Ostrov Khokhshtettera) in the the southern part of the Franz Josef Land archipelago. Situated ~1000 km from the North Pole this area is known for its white ice caps and cold summer temperature averaging 2 C. The lack of sea ice …