Floating silently like a ghostly ship, this iceberg calved from a glacier stemming from an icefield in Greenland. Calm seas at a long, lingering sunset allowed our captain to circumnavigate this massive berg for over an hour for looks at every side of the behemoth.
Interestingly, icebergs are in the process of melting and refreezing all the time. Sides that are exposed to the sun have waterfalls coursing down their sides producing a stunning effect.
Up to 90% of icebergs’ mass is found below the surface of the water. As the exposed portion above the surface of the sea melts, the berg becomes unstable, rolling over in the process. Due to the sheer immensity of these icebergs, they roll and right themselves over and over again, each time becoming more rounded and less craggy as seawater sculpts the ice under the water.
This berg cruised around the frigid waters of Davis Strait in the Arctic. In time this berg’s progress would take it to the waters of the North Atlantic where it would eventually become a distant memory.
Canon 10D, Tamron 28-75mm lens, shutter 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 400
The waters of Davis Strait off Greenland.
July 22, 2006 at 10:14 pm