Amazing Striped Icebergs

Amazing isn’t it ?? Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Most of those in the Antarctic were formed from snow falling on the giant ice sheet that covers the continent. Over time, the snow is compressed to form more ice, which slides slowly towards the sea.

There it either breaks off into the water, or forms an ice shelf. Most appear white as a result of the tiny bubbles trapped within them which scatter light in every direction. However, if the bubbles are squeezed out, or if part of the iceberg melts and quickly refreezes, it can appear blue.

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.

Only one-tenth of an iceberg lies above the water. The biggest known iceberg towered 551ft above sea level – the height of a 55-storey building.



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  2. Dear Sir,

    I have never seen anything like this . It is incredible beautiful.
    I am writing a book on inspiration and would like to seek your permission to include 2 of the photos in my book. Your photos credit will be duly acknowledged.

    Stanley Ong

    1. The photographs were taken by Norwegian sailor Oyvind Tangen from aboard a research vessel.A According to a March 2008 article – UK’s Daily Mail. Also, I’ve read that the “ice wave” pictures were taken by another photographer/scientist Tony Travouillon.

  3. Amazing icebergs indeed!They look like paintings (at least to me).

    Publish more of these for people to enjoy
    and and at the same time, be aware of the Global Warming it’s posing to humankind.

    Thanks for this,

    Great job!

    Ross Galan
    NLP, Spiritual Life Coach

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