Antarctic Fox
The log of Rachel and Kevin Fox's trip to the Antarctic Peninsula in the Summer of 2008-9
Day 6: Ice Textures
December 31 - Just South of the Gullet, the Antarctic Peninsula

We were really excited to go on a small boat tour of the icebergs while most of our group climbed the mountain or relaxed on the ship. Even though our full group was a very small dozen, six or seven people in a boat all have different interests and different attention spans for certain things before it gets boring, myself included. I had been fascinated with the textures in the icebergs for days, and would snap a few shots whenever I could but always felt guilty if I made the zodiac linger too long at one berg, when others were eager to go ashore. So now since it was just Kevin, Paulyn and I, we all had a little more control of what we wanted to see and I was able to spend more time up close with some amazing icebergs and really do a texture study. I can't really explain how minisucle these ice bergs made me feel. In some cases a single feature in these textures is 2 or 3 times my size, and these are just small featues in these icy monsters before us. The taller bergs towered over us as we edged by. Truly incredible.

Glacial Face

Glacial Face - Ice textures created by pieces breaking off of ice bergs. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Rhinocerous

Rhinocerous - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Long Tooth

Long Tooth - Ice textures created by water lapping at the edge of an ice berg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Overhang

Overhang - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Under the Ice

Under the Ice - This is the lower edge of of a large ice berg. The water laps up and erodes an under ledge. This under ledge is obviously pretty high up because I was in a zodiac boat either sitting or standing. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Monster fingers

Monster fingers - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Cold Blue

Cold Blue - The face of an ice berg where a piece has broken off and then fresh snow has gathered and a few icicles have formed. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Drip

Drip - The warm days of Antarctic summer cause some icicles. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Beautiful Berg

Beautiful Berg - Ice berg on a cloudy day in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Hodgepodge

Hodgepodge - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Open

Open - cracks and caves in that have formed in the ice from water or wide erosion. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Fortress of Solitude

Fortress of Solitude - This erosion looks like it mostly took place when the ice berg was flipped over and this section was submerged. Just what Superman was looking for. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Phytoplankton Bloom

Phytoplankton Bloom - Glacial ice is full of minerals that it picks up as it scrapes the land on the way to the sea. When this ice melts, phytoplankton grow, taking advantage of the minerals and turning the water green. Krill feed on the phytoplankton, and penguins, seals and whales feed on the krill. The Antarctic circle of life wouldn't exist without the glaciers. - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Toothy Grin

Toothy Grin - Holes and caves in an ice berg that had flipped over. This section once submerged in the water shows the smooth patterns the waves can make. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Banana

Banana - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Ice World

Ice World - Several ice bergs just south of the gullet, in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Abrasion

Abrasion - Ice textures from breaks. The diagonal lines were likely made as the broken piece of ice slide down the side of the ice berg scraping along the way. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Blue Wave

Blue Wave - Deep cracks in the ice berg take on beautiful blue colors. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Drips

Drips - Details in an ice berg in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Two Face

Two Face - Crabeater seal resting on an ice berg in Antarctica. The red on his face is the remnants of Krill (small shrimp) which he has been eating. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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What Are You Looking At?

What Are You Looking At? - Crabeater seal resting after a fill meal of krill (small shrimp). - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Angelhair icicles

Angelhair icicles - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Wind & Ice

Wind & Ice - This ice berg has shifted. At one point it was resting at a slightly different angle with icicles hanging straight down, it shifted likely after a piece broke off and now the icicles have a bend in them as they again drip straight down. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Ice mountain with a snow blanket

Ice mountain with a snow blanket - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Snow Cover

Snow Cover - Thick layers of fresh snow collect on the broken edges of this iceberg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Perfect Perch

Perfect Perch - An Antarctic Gull rests at the very peak of this iceberg. This angle and the size of the bird can give you an idea of how thick the shelves of ice and snow really are. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Young and old

Young and old - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Touching

Touching - A broken piece of an ice berg now frozen at this angle. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Woven Ice

Woven Ice - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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X Marks The Spot

X Marks The Spot - Intense grooves warn into this ice berg by water and wind. This side of the berg was like in the water before it flipped over. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Soft and Smooth

Soft and Smooth - The effects of of water and wind on an ice berg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Little Boat

Little Boat - Our ship, the Hanse Explorer in the distance. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Watching

Watching - I feel like these eyes are watching me from this eroded iceberg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Grooving

Grooving - eroding ice berg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Layers

Layers - eroding iceberg - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Life starts with the Glaciers.

Life starts with the Glaciers. - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove - Effects of water on an iceberg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Crystaline

Crystaline - eroding ice berg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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This is the cool beach

This is the cool beach - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Phyto-lines

Phyto-lines - Phytoplankton growing under the ice shelf is what gives the green cast to the blue and white of ice berg ice. Phytoplankton is what feeds many of the Antarctic creatures such as many whales. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Golf Dome

Golf Dome - Much larger than golf ball sized these pock marks were made by some motion of the water when this iceberg was once upside down in the water. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Overlapping

Overlapping - Layers and groves of ice in an iceberg. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Ice Texture

Ice Texture - Antarctic ice bergs textured by water and wind. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Finger Tips

Finger Tips - These icicles couldn't keep their pointed tips as they eventually reached the waters edge. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Ice Matterhorn

Ice Matterhorn - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Ice Bride

Ice Bride - Edge of an ice berg in Antarctica. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Ice Shoe

Ice Shoe - I think this ice berg looks a bit like some odd shaped shoes. - Photo by Rachel Lea Fox
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Next up: New Years!

Read the next chapter: Day 6: Antarctic New Years


Table of Contents:

Introduction: Telling the Story posted Jan 10, 2009

Day 0: Positioning posted Jan 12, 2009

Leaving, on a jet plane posted Jan 12, 2009

Day 1: The Herc posted Jan 15, 2009

Day 1: Penguino posted Jan 16, 2009

Day 2: Chicken posted Jan 17, 2009

Day 2: Leopard posted Jan 19, 2009

Day 2: Snow Day posted Jan 22, 2009

Day 2: Shipwreck posted Jan 26, 2009

Day 2: Totally Tabular posted Jan 27, 2009

Day 3: Gentoo Cute posted Jan 29, 2009

Day 3: Lichen Shag Glacier posted Feb 3, 2009

Day 3: Palmer Station Visit posted Feb 9, 2009

Day 4: Icy Penguins posted Feb 11, 2009

Day 4: Adelie Awesome posted Feb 15, 2009

Day 4: Leopard Seal Attack posted Feb 17, 2009

Day 4: Kayak posted Feb 19, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Station Visit posted Feb 23, 2009

Day 4: Vernadsky Sunset posted Feb 25, 2009

Day 5: Antarctic Circle posted Feb 27, 2009

Day 5: Polar Plunge posted Mar 5, 2009

Day 5: Mouth of The Gullet posted Mar 13, 2009

Day 5: Ice Camping posted Mar 18, 2009

Day 6: Flamingos on Ice posted Mar 20, 2009

Day 6: Mountain Climbing posted Mar 24, 2009

» Day 6: Ice Textures posted Mar 26, 2009

Day 6: Antarctic New Years posted Apr 2, 2009

Day 7: Crystal Sound Icebreaker posted Apr 9, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 1 posted Apr 17, 2009

Day 7: Abandoned Antarctica: Base W - Part 2 posted Apr 21, 2009

Day 8: Bird Watching in the Fish Islands posted Apr 23, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 1 posted May 5, 2009

Day 8: Icee Day - Part 2 posted May 11, 2009

Day 9: Port Lockroy - Base A posted May 20, 2009

Bonus Chapter: Baby Penguins! posted May 21, 2009

Day 9: Antarctic Humpback Whales posted June 3, 2009

Day 9: Dallmann Butt Sliding posted June 11, 2009

Day 10: Birthday Whales posted June 23, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 1: The Birds posted July 15, 2009

Day 10: Hannah Point Part 2: Elephant Seals posted July 22, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 1: Walking on the Moon posted Dec 11, 2009

Day 10: Deception Island - Part 2: The Martian Chronicles of Oz posted Dec 15, 2009

Day 11: Emperor Penguins posted Jan 8, 2010

Day 12: Black and White and Pink All Over posted Aug 4, 2011

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