Contact: Brage Bremset Hansen
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Caption: During the winter and spring following heavy rain-on-snow events, herbivores in Svalbard may find their food sources covered by an impenetrable coat of ice. This can force wild reindeer and rock ptarmigan to aggregate in the few ice-free spots that are available.
Credit: Nicholas Lecomte, Norwegian Polar Institute
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