May 16: Ice break!

We didn’t manage to reach the sampling site today because of…ice
breaking: a huge ice ridge closed the Igarka side channel’s access to
the Ieniseï main channel.  Further along the main channel, ice began
to move quickly this morning. In a moment, the river became a total
moving chaos, with the start of millions of tons of ice making their
way downstream. From the equilibrium of yesterday to today’s chaos, it’s a fantastic phenomenon we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to observe.