Often we have a stereotyped image of a place in our minds. When we think of an iceberg, what picture comes to mind? Some may contemplate on the Titanic, others may ponder on “global warming,” whilst others may think of polar bears etc.

I’m sharing these stunning photos of icebergs. I do not know who took the photos or who compiled the collage. All credit goes to them.

ANTARCTIC STRIPED ICEBERGS

Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions.

Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form.

When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.

Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

These pictures are available because 2008 has been the coldest winter.

… Is this amazing??

ANTARCTIC FROZEN WAVES
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.
That’s what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades.
Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air.
The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing.
Just look at how the wave froze in mid-air!!!

Should you decide to go and see these wonderful sites for yourself, please remember to invite me along on your trip to the Antarctic–as your guest of course!

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