The Arctic took a mighty turn today, changing states from solid to liquid faster than conceivably possible. Often during spring thaw, lakes thick with ice show signs of moating, where ice around lake margins thaws more rapidly then elsewhere, literally leaving a moat around the perimeter of a frozen interior. This year, snow degraded so quickly due to two days of consecutive warm weather that surface water filled the still frozen rivers spilling massive quantities of tannic water, turned brown from decomposing tundra plants, out over the Toolik Lake ice. Standing waves in the Toolik inlet indicate mass quantity and raw power of the Arctic spring thaw. A trip to our study rivers revealed a coursing Oksrukuyik Creek and a Kuparuk River soon to follow suit. With rivers flowing and joined now by field assistants, Tom Glass and Kate Michmerhuizen, we must quickly shift gears to our remote field locations, where we’ll capture and tag migrating fish. No WiFi at I-Minus Lake, so no updates for a while. Cheers!