Beautiful in blue
Beautiful in blue
Look at the variety of shapes, sizes and colours of those glaciers and icebergs!
These gorgeous photos of Antarctica were originally part of a 2006 Australian Parliament House Exhibition, but I like how they look a little like travel posters for one of the most inhospitable places on the planet.
This incredible icy insect is known as the Arctic Woolly Bear Caterpillar. This nifty little guy lives in some of the coldest country on the planet, and spends most of his life frozen and sleeping. Every summer for just over a month they come alive and have a feeding frenzy.
Want to know more? Check out the full article at: http://coldsideoftheearth.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/is-it-an-icicle-is-it-a-bear-no-its-the-artic-woolly-bear-caterpillar/
All photo’s sourced from BBC’s Frozen Planet documentary series.
FACT: The land under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could be as far down as 2.5km below sea level due to something called “isostatic adjustment”. This is caused by the huge weight of the ice sheet depressing the crust underneath it.
If the glacier ever melts, the land will rebound back to it’s original position.
Plants can live in extremely cold environments, but it’s not always what you’d expect.
Find out more about frozen flora here: http://coldsideoftheearth.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/frozen-flora-is-fun/
Glaciers are one neighbour you definitely don’t want.
It may not seem like it but glacier and icebergs actually make a lot of noise.
If you are on or near a glacier you may hear a sudden crack or boom but no movement. This is caused by stress fractures throughout the glacier.
Once they’re in the water though they keep making strange sounds. Due to air bubbles trapped within the iceberg escaping, icebergs can make fizzing and popping sounds. This air that is escaping is as old as the ice it is trapped in, like a mini time capsule from the time the ice was formed.