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Antarctic Ice Sculptures: Mother Nature's Awe Inspiring Artwork

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The Antarctic Peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular natural artwork on the planet. Here, you'll find ninety-three percent of the world's mass of icebergs, an ever-changing icescape of "growlers" to bergy bits and even ice islands. Growlers are the smallest icebergs, less than 6.6 feet across, with less than 3.3 of their mass showing above water. Bergy bits – that's their real, official name – are the next size class, spanning 6.6 feet to 15 feet in size. These smaller chunks of floating glacier ice are often the result of larger icebergs breaking down.

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Frost Flowers

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"The earth laughs in flowers." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

So how do these pretty bouquets bloom ? Frost Flowers are formed on new and thin ice sublimates. Ice that changes directly from a solid to a gas, bypassing the liquid stage.

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Scenic Waters

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If only we could walk on water! This stunning photo was captured in July 2011 on one of our amazing Spitsbergen Expeditions.

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Penguins and sea kayaks

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In this photo, an Antarctic local carefully navigates some rocks, sea kayakers and a Quark ship in the background. Looks like a perfect day in Antarctica!

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An Iceberg Graveyard

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Today's ice photo is from the iceberg graveyard in Pleneau Bay, Antarctica - a place where icebergs have run aground and are slowly melting. It is almost impossible to take a bad photo here!

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, "Icebergs form when chunks of ice calve, or break off, from glaciers, ice shelves, or a larger iceberg. Icebergs travel with ocean currents, sometimes smashing up against the shore or getting caught in shallow waters."

Photo by Lisa Mclean, from our Antarctic Explorer voyage on the Ocean Diamond, December 2012.

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10 things you might not have known about penguins

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Our Ice Photo today is from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on the December 9, 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage. Who doesn't love penguins?!

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South Georgia in the sunshine

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Pristine ice and snow from the Sea Spirit in Fortuna Bay, South Georgia - a perfect view for our ice photo today!

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Moody Deception Island

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This shot of Whaler's Bay, Deception Island in Antarctica in stark black and white really evokes a sense of Antarctic history.

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Giveaway: Signed "Chasing Ice" poster

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It's #IcePhoto Wednesday so to celebrate, we're giving away 4 copies of the official "Chasing Ice" movie poster, signed by director Jeff Orlowski!

Jeff Orlowski is a special guest aboard our Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica via Buenos Aires voyage in 2014, which features the first ever Floating Polar Film Festival! You can read more about this exciting 22 day voyage and the film festival right here.

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Glacier Calving

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A dramatic moment captured as a glacier calves during a Three Arctic Islands expedition in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Frede Hansen.

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