04/05/2017 08:50 EDT

Canada's Shrinking Arctic Ice Is All Too Real In These Aerial Photos


This is Canada's Arctic like you've never seen it before.

Getty photographer Mario Tama joined NASA researchers at the end of March to capture their work on Canada and Greenland's Arctic landscapes — from the air. The photos were part of Operation IceBridge, the organization's six-year mission to survey the planet's polar ice and study the impact of climate change.

Just weeks earlier, NASA announced Arctic sea ice had reached its lowest extent ever recorded since the agency began measuring it in 1979.

Take a look at a few of Tama's photos:

Sea ice is seen from NASA's Operation IceBridge research aircraft above Ellesmere Island on Mar. 30. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

NASA is currently flying a set of eight-hour research flights over ice sheets aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Peaks off ice jut out of Ellesmere Island in Nunavut. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Snow blows off icebergs locked in sea ice near Ellesmere Island. The ice fields of Ellesmere are retreating due to global warming. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Scientists say Arctic glaciers, like this one, have been among the regions hardest hit by climate change. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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