Why visit Antarctica?! Reason No.5

Iceberg straight ahead! ~ The most defining moment on the Titanic, made famous on the big screen by the characters portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

When snow fell on Antarctica many, many years ago, they formed glacial ice made of fresh water. This is also the reason why Antarctica has the largest reserve of freshwater in the world!!

As the glacial move toward the sea and break off – an iceberg is born! What I discovered when I traveled to the 7th continent is that ice is not just frozen H2O! Well yes it is but depending on the purity of the ice and/or the amount of air bubbles frozen into the ice – it varies in color!! Shape wise, there’s really just 2 main type: Tabular and non-tabular. Non-tabular includes everything that is not an iceberg with steep sides and a flat top which includes dome-shaped, blocky, wedge-shaped and pinnacled.

The most beautiful color I saw on the journey was BLUE icebergs! Especially when the sun hit them at the perfect angle, they are simply breath taking. I tried my best to capture some samples with my simple photography skills. I know I did not do them justice but I tried my best. I hope you don’t mind.

Vertical grooves in a large Antarctic iceberg

Vertical grooves in a large Antarctic iceberg

Large tabular iceberg with natural archway in Antarctica

Large tabular iceberg with natural archway in Antarctica

Fellow Antarctic tourists on a zodiac getting a closer look of a small iceberg

Fellow Antarctic tourists on a zodiac getting a closer look of a small iceberg

Close-up of a blue iceberg in Antarctica

Close-up of a blue iceberg in Antarctica

Amazing textures on a very large Antarctica iceberg

Amazing textures on a very large Antarctica iceberg

Most lethal looking Antarctic iceberg

Most lethal looking Antarctic iceberg

Antarctica iceberg floating in open waters at dusk

Antarctica iceberg floating in open waters at dusk

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