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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Monster fingers

Monster fingers - - Photo by Kevin 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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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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Banana

Banana - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Angelhair icicles

Angelhair icicles - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Young and old

Young and old - - Photo by Kevin Fox
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Grooving

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

Crystaline - eroding ice berg. - Photo by Rachel Lea 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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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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