…a meteor would crackle from darkness to darkness trailing a shower of sparks behind. Then they could see the ridged and furrowed surface of the floe all tipped and laced with strange colours – red, copper, and bluish; but in the ordinary starlight everything turned to one frost-bitten gray …
This is from “Quiquern” in The Second Jungle Book.
There is a desperately hard winter in the Arctic, and a little group of Inuit people are starving. Kotuko and a companion are sledging across the ice towards the sea in search of the seals.