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Pleneau Island: Iceberg Alley

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Pleneau Island is located west of Booth Island at the southern end of the Lemaire Channel and features an array of iceberg scenery. In fact, an astonishing ninety-three percent of the world’s mass of icebergs is found surrounding the Antarctic. The word "iceberg" actually comes from partial Dutch translation meaning "ice mountain." The term iceberg refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) and smaller chunks of ice are known as bergy bites (how cute!) and growlers. While Antarctic icebergs last typically ten years and Arctic bergs about two years, what's interesting to note is the glacial ice that icebergs are made of could be more than 15,000 years old!

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Beautiful and tranquil, this photo was captured from Pleneau Island, at Pleneau Bay, from one of our 2011 Antarctica 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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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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Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on our November 2012 Explorers & Kings voyage.

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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.

Chasing Ice - signed poster

 

To be entered to win a signed poster you can either:

Tweet the following: "I want to Chase Ice with @QuarkExpedition! http://ow.ly/lw0Jw " (don't forget to make sure you follow us on twitter so we can send you a direct message if you win!)

or

Send us an email to socialmedia@quarkexpeditions.com with the subject line: "I want to Chase Ice with Quark Expeditions!"

 

Good luck!

 

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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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Glacier or ice calving is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier and is often preceded by a loud cracking sound similar to thunder!

You can read one passenger's firsthand experience on this voyage right here.

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Lunchtime in the Arctic

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A polar bear looks up at a passing ship full of Quark passengers. This polar bear has just finished having himself what looks like quite the meal!

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Photo by passenger Melissa on our September 4, 2012 "Three Arctic Islands" voyage, named one of National Geographic Traveler's "Tours of a Lifetime" in 2011.

 

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Welcome to the North Pole!

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A polar bear appears to wave lazily at passing Quark Expeditions passengers: "Welcome to the North Pole!"

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Photo from the passenger slideshow, "Voyage to the North Pole" 24 June to 6 July 2011.

Be one of only 250 people to stand at the top of the world in 2013! Join us on Russian icebreaker 50 Years of Victory as we head to 90 degrees north.

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Iceberg facts

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A few interesting facts about icebergs today, courtesy of the National Snow & Ice Data Center!


What exactly is an Iceberg?

  • Icebergs are pieces of ice that formed on land and float in an ocean or lake. 
  • Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, from ice-cube-sized chunks to ice islands the size of a small country. 
  • The term “iceberg” refers to chunks of ice larger than 5 meters (16 feet) across. Smaller icebergs, known as bergy bits and growlers, can be especially dangerous for ships because they are harder to spot. 
  • The North Atlantic and the cold waters surrounding Antarctica are home to most of the icebergs on Earth.

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This particular iceberg was photographed by a Quark passenger on a November 2010 Antarctic expedition with us!

 

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Icebergs in the Arctic

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Today's Ice Photo comes from our Three Arctic Islands voyage in September of 2012. Incredible arctic scenery framed Iceby some perfect ice!

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Photo from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow, by "Bob".

 

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