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Broken mirror, Finlande - 2002

Formation of sea ice in the Turku archipelago, Finland (60°27’ N, 22°00’ E).


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Like a broken mirror, the thin ice of the Baltic breaks into sharp fragments that reflect the feeble light of a Finnish winter. This fragile sheet breaks only to reform more solidly. Sea ice floats on the current and can break up, but the fragments then meet again and pile together, until they reach their maximum thickness (an average of 20 to 25 inches, or 50 to 65 centimeters) in early April. The ice then disappears rapidly in spring, leaving the islands of the Turkü archipelago ice-free. Finland has no permanent ice sheet. Although the country is at the same latitude as Alaska and Greenland, it has a relatively temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. This great warm sea current, which crosses the Atlantic and warms Western Europe, may disappear as the climate changes and the Arctic ice cap melts. If this came about, Europe’s climate would resemble that of Canada, which is at the same latitude.


Taken in 2002, It is a digital photography. Its file is stored by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris.


Original work by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The prints are made exclusively by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio in Paris under the control of the artist himself.

Original Edition Signed and Numbered

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Digital print made by the Yann Arthus-Bertrand Studio. Canon IPF 9400 Ink-jet printer, pigmentary ink, printing on acid free 100% cotton fibre paper (Museo Silver Rag)

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