Apr 08 2008
In March I published a post about a marbled iceberg. I could never imagine the attention these pictures got. Since then the pictures of this beautiful iceberg has been published in newspapers and shown on news channels all over the world. Daily Telegraph described it as a “Rainbow iceberg”, while Daily Mail compared it to a “giant humbug”.
Some days ago I received an email from a scientist participating on the same survey in the Antarctic Ocean. He gave me the right to publish his pictures of the same iceberg, and here are some of them!
Leif Nøttestad took 14 pictures of the iceberg as the research vessel passed it. This gives us the opportunity to study the iceberg from different angles.
Here we can see the top of the iceberg. The next picture was taken as the vessel (“G.O.Sars”) was sailing away from the iceberg.
One of the comments to the first post about this iceberg said that “The way those lines come together remind me of the lines on an agate”. I have to agree. Agate iceberg is an adequate name of such an iceberg.
There are no closeups of this iceberg, but by zooming in and cropping one of the original image files from Leif Nøttestad we can get an idea of what it looks like on short range.
When the Norwegian scientists saw this iceberg passing, one of them said: This must be the beauty of the Antarctic! All photos: Leif Nøttestad.