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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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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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