Life beneath Arctic glaciers and ice caps is rich in biodiversity. In Karelia, Russia, a dive center offers divers the chance to swim with beluga whales, one of many marine mammals to live in the Arctic.

Photograph by Franco Banf, MyShot
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ice cap Encyclopedic Entry

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Geography, Science

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Encyclopedic entry. An ice cap is a thick layer of ice and snow that covers large areas of land. You’ll usually find ice caps in the North and South Poles of the Earth.