The Chinstrap Iceberg

14th November 2015. Far south end of South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . . (11. Icebergs)).

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An hour after sailing around the Acropolis iceberg, we encountered an iceberg with siz chinstrap penguins along for the ride.  There are two of them here, and six snow petrels in the background.

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Here are the other four, not far from the first two.

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And from another angle, as the ship sails by.

Frank Zappa warned “Don’t you eat the yellow snow” (Apostrophe, 1972), though here it’s ice and there are no huskies (or eskimos) to be seen.

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Snow petrels and chinstrap penguins.

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Here the are from a bit further back.  Hard to tell whether this is the bow or the stern of their ship.

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An overall view from the back.  So no penguins visible now.

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Its shape looks quite different from different angles.

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Here they are again.  After they calve from an ice shelf, icebergs can melt in the sun, become unstable and turn over.  You don’t want to go too close to an iceberg because you never know when that will happen (though the penguins probably don’t greatly care).  That diagonal; grey strip is probably a previous water line.

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Here they are again.  They’ve shuffled their order since first encountered.

 

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Maybe the two on top have moved.

Blue lines on icebergs can be caused by fresh water that is quickly frozen.  The brown lines.are probably from a layer of dust, perhaps when the ice was part of a glacier.

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Those two penguins are certainly well away from the waves.

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Here are some cape petrels beside the iceberg.  Perhaps looking for some fish thrown up in the turbulence.

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All six of them in the one image.

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And they’re not as close together as they seemed in the preceding image.

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Those big diagonal bands could be relics of rolling events.

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The Acropolis Iceberg

14th November 2015. Far south end of South Georgia.

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(Map of journey . . . . . . . . (11. Icebergs)).

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From Cooper Bay, we continued on towards Drygalski Fjord, near the southernmost point of South Georgia.  The clear weather of Cooper Bay continued, at least for a while.

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I thought we turned back from Drygaslski Fjord because of weather conditions but other accounts indicate we decided to study some icebergs instead.  In any event, we turned around and returned along the north-east coast the way we had come.  You might think it would be desirable to circumnavigate the island but the south-west coast offers no protection for the ship from the frequent storms so in the interests of safety we did not venture that way.

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Visibility was starting to decrease.

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The majestic mountains of South Georgia are retreating into the mist and fog.

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The varied shapes of several icebergs provide a contrast with the murky mountain background.

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Not a place out there where you’re likely to meet many people.

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Our first glimpse of part of the Acropolis Iceberg.  I’ll explain why I call it that soon.

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Another iceberg nearby.  These are all massive blocks of ice.

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Long and low and in front of the coast.  Most of it is of course under water.

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I’ll name this one soon for its appearance from another angle.

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Back with the Acropolis iceberg.  It is late afternoon, nearing sunset.

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Acropolis iceberg in the front (we’ve only seen a small part of it previously) and the Sphinx iceberg in the distance (as seen previously from a different angle).

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This is why I call it the Acropolis iceberg.  the face of the big foreground block is like a frieze from the Parthenon.  Carved by penguins perhaps.  Click on the image to see greater detail.

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A view from round the corner.  The frieze is now facing out to the left.

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So is it the Acropolis or perhaps the Parthenon or maybe the British Museum where Elgin lost his marbles?

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A section from the massive side.  The penguins have only just started carving out a frieze here.

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The sea breaking against the iceberg and the background is clearing a bit.  You can see the smooth band at the bottom of the visible part of the iceberg where it rides up and down against the sea.

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A convoy of icebergs including the Sphinx in the middle and the Acropolis at the right.

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A last glimpse of the Acropolis.

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