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A series photos featuring strikingly beautiful and unusual icebergs…

By Eartheasy Posted Mar 1, 2010

iceberg_3It’s easy to think of icebergs as large chunks of white glacier ice floating on cold grey seas, impressive by their size and varied shapes, but otherwise unremarkable to the casual observer. But as with all aspects of nature’s design, beauty and interest unfold in continuing layers as we look within. The images below, untouched by photo editing, reveal remarkable patterns and features within icebergs which are striking in their beauty while also telling a story of geology, history and climate to the curious eye.

The images below are sourced from dailycognition.com.

In the Antarctic region, icebergs sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. 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.

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

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In the cold Antarctic region, water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. Here we see a wave froze in mid-air!

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These marvelous creations stun us with their simple visual beauty, and inspire us to be caring stewards of our natural environment.

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  • Patience

    This is beautiful!

  • Richard

    Fantastic pictures. The second one with the stripes was the one that really made my jaw drop.

  • Rene

    Fabulous pictures! Love the one with the stripes.

  • Rabbit Pearl

    Icebergs are so mighty! great picture! a few years ago i travelled around and i been very north and saw some huge ice bergs , no picture can capture the beauty of them! amazing!
    great blogg with loads of interesting stuff on it! i have bookmarked it now

  • Sam

    Wow! Whoever knew icebergs could look like this. The last few look like frozen waves. Really beautiful.

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    its amazing but a recent UN report says that there will be no icebergs in 2035

  • Jackie@Lilolu

    This is so amazing and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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  • Muzik Shqip

    Woow, Fantastic Pictures

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    I love that blue stripes. so, beautiful.
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  • Alphacaveman

    These are really beautiful. Fascinating even. I had no idea those stripes could form in ice. I've been to Alaska and this just makes me want to go back! Thanks! http://www.marriagehelper.com

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    Wow those are truly magnificent photos, I wish someday I can still see this.

  • Bodrum property

    Such a great pictures you have of iceberg, they seem really beautiful. It is natural beauty which man can't create, but of course destroy.

  • puntoEnter

    Extraodinaria belleza !!!

  • earthwarrior

    Thank you so much for showing us these amazing photos of a world that most of us will never see. They are a natural work of art. I see some resemblances, interestingly, between the ice formations and formations of eroded rocks out in Arizona and Utah when I went on a few trips out there.

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    Awesome photos…striped iceberg…I just can't believe it…Even if it is a frozen wave, I dare not stand under it.

  • Milwaukee Movers

    Wow, these photos are incredible! I had no idea that certain environmental conditions cause iceberg stripes. I love the very first photo the most – absolutely lovely.

  • Farooq

    wow, its more than awsome, i wish someday i can get enough money to see these wonders of nature, they are perfectly carved, i mean, its mastery, actually more than that,,

  • House Music

    Amazing pics, thanks for sharing with us!

  • arunii

    icebergs i miss in india but hope will see in other country soon thanks for amaging pics !

  • Noman

    Nature is so beautiful. We have to protect it. Its a huge gift from God to all of us..

  • Divya Mahapatra

    really, we are very harsh on nature. now we must pledge to regain the beauty of earth!

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