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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Grooving

Grooving - eroding ice berg. - 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 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

More chapters posted every few days...



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