The Russian research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov leans the bow against the Mertz Glacier’s snout in Eastern Antarctica. The photo was taken moments before deploying ROPOS, a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV) under the glacier tongue to investigate the melting of the ice-sheet after a piece of ice protruding 100 kilometres (62 miles) out into the Southern Ocean broke away from the main body of the tongue in 2010. It was named as runner up in the Earth Science and Climatology category. (PA)

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