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Sea Ice, Gulf of Finland, 1981

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Probably formed on the side of the Finnish icebreaker Tarmo, a feather-edged loaf of ice floats in the Gulf of Finland.

Locked in deep ice from February to April, the Gulf of Finland is alternately daunting and delightful. Passing ships are frequently trapped in the waters' notorious ice, but outdoor-loving Finns fish and swim under the gulf's icy crust.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "Helsinki," August 1981, National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Jodi Cobb

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