Miss New Hampshire (sarahcoyne) wrote in wtf_nature,
Miss New Hampshire

Fancy Ice!

Pretty amazing Marbled Icebergs.

Articles here and here.

Short story here:

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

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.

Something gorgeous can sink my ship any day.
Tags: antarctic, arctic, ice, sea
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