Conversations with Snow and Ice


The Art and Science through Ukichiro Nakaya

"Science is a collaboration between humans and nature."


5. Geophysics of the Arctic: Ukichiro explores Greenland

"If you could imagine an unimaginably large Kagamimochi (a large white rice cake used as New Year offering to gods) with an average thickness of 2,100 meters and an area approximately 6 times the size of Japan, that would be the glacier icecap of Greenland. It is made of ice formed by the compacting pressure of snow falling since the ancient geologic time."

"No amount of investigation into a block of ice can reveal all its myriad secrets"

Ukichiro Nakaya, excerpt from Ice of the Arctic (Translation by Keiko Murata)