Icebergs are different: transparent, striped and even "marble"
"The ice mountain iceberg out of the mist rises. And it carries the endless flow of the seas "... That's what we are accustomed to think of the Arctic glaciers - snow-white blocks, migrating to the ocean. But in fact, the icebergs are different - not only pure white, but striped!
Despite the fact that the "painted" icebergs - the phenomenon is not unique, scientists for a long time were not interested in them. However, in 2008 during a scientific expedition in 1700 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa, and 660 miles north of the Antarctic researcher Øyvind Tendzhen first noticed the ice floe, decorated with multi-colored lines.
Blue, brown, green or yellow - in a palette of Mother Nature paints galore! The most common "turquoise" patterns, the secret of their education is simple: the glacier appears white due to the fact that in its structure a lot of air bubbles, but the blue stripes - it's frozen in the cracks of the iceberg of fresh water!
Dark stains - is dust and volcanic ash, which are deposited on an iceberg during its formation. Such glaciers "born" as ice caps on the tops of volcanoes, and when heated "slip" in the water.
"Emerald" strip - a "paste" of old ice, which does not contain air bubbles. This ice - frozen sea water, which is hundreds of years to accumulate in the crevices of the ice plume, and during demolition of the glacier came out.
Icebergs have long attracted people's attention: fascinate with their beauty and scare of the unknown. Yet to see a live "striped" ice lumps may only scholars, but it is possible that over time they can become attractive tourist sites. A striking example - a glacier-dam Perito Moreno Glacier, located in the Southern Patagonia in the north of Argentina. He is known by the fact that from time to time amazed tourists who come here from around the world can watch it break!
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