The original title of this post was Icebergs, but it turns out there are parameters for classifying a frozen chunk of freshwater an iceberg. An iceberg must be five meters above sea level, 30-50 meters thick, and cover a minimum area of 500 square meters. Smaller chunks of ice are called growlers or bergy bits. Like icebergs, they can come from a glacier, but can also be broken-off pieces of an iceberg.
Whatever they are called, there is a fascinating variety in size, shape, and color.
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A view from the bridge as we sail towards the Antarctic peninsula.
A tabular iceberg; its length was measured in miles.
Blue ice with gentoos.
The edge reminded me of crimped pastry dough!
Different textures and shades of ice on the same structure.
This one looked like blue caves.
This might have been my favorite ice structure.
And it was very kind of our Zodiac driver to radio the driver of the other Zodiac to position it this way!
Curves of blue. Notice how the blue is reflected in the water in the foreground.
Very sculptural, especially the one on the right.
A stunning view. The ice made landing tricky as what had been a clear landing spot got clogged with ice. The expedition team was ready with their shovels, though!
Images © Melissa Corcoran.