Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The icebergs are coming! The icebergs are coming!



I spotted my first few icebergs while in St John's this weekend. You know what that means? Spring has come to Newfoundland! (Or will be here soon - we did have 25cm of snow yesterday.)

Icebergs are similar to snowflakes - no two are the same, but with icebergs they do follow some classification system...

TABULAR: Steep sides with a flat top - like a big table. These are very solid and often break away from ice sheets or ice shelves. (like the one in the picture)

DOME: Well, sort of rounded, of course!

BLOCKY: A flat-topped, block-shaped icebergs with steep vertical sides.

WEDGE: As the name implies, it's like a wedge. The top narrows to a pyramid-like point.

DRYDOCK: An iceberg which is eroded to form a little U-shaped enclosure - like a drydock.

PINNACLE: An iceberg with one or more spires.

34 comments:

  1. Interesting. I learned something new today. Thank you for educating me about icebergs.

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  2. Who knew there were so many different types of iceberg. I've never seen one in person.

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  3. I've only seen icebergs in Alaska. They were so beautiful. Some had bald eagles on them. Others had seals giving birth. It was awesome.
    Karen

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    1. I've never seen a seal giving birth, I would imagine that amazing without the ice berg

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  4. Yay Spring! Thanks to you I can now to go to work and impress people with my knowledge of icebergs! Popular at last!

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    1. all the COOL kids know about icebergs :)

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  5. And with icebergs comes fog. Yippee. I actually really like the fog. But the icebergs, those are spectacular.

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    1. Fog is a fair bit better than rain, and a lot better than snow.

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  6. I've learned more about icebergs in this one post than I've learnt in my entire life Bay Girl so thanks for this. Glad to hear Spring is coming for you guys too!

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  7. That must be quite a sight. And that one is HUGE!

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    1. its not the largest I've seen, but its unique - and purdy

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  8. Quite an interesting post today, would le to see an iceberg!

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    1. don't cross it off your list - there is still time :)

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  9. I bet it's almost unnerving to see one floating in real life.

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    1. I have seen a bunch of them over the years, but I have yet to see one break - that would be amazing! (and unnerving)

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  10. What kind sent Titanic to the bottom?
    I know: the HARD kind.

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    1. bahaha didn't even have to think about that one

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  11. We saw an ice berg from our kitchen window a few days ago!!! I'll have to get a pic next time and post it to my blog!!!

    summer is coming!!!!

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  12. I can't imagine living in an area that's cold enough to see icebergs! Not something we see in Texas.

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    1. but Texas has a bunch of things we don't get here either - extreme heat for example LOL

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  13. That is amazing. Do people ever drive boats up and down the river or not when there's ice bergs?

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    1. The iceberg in the picture is just outside the narrows in St John's Harbour (where ships pass on a daily basis) and there are several different tour companies that will take you on ice berg tours - they get quite close

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  14. There is such diversity in icebergs. I had no idea. And what a beautiful photo.

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    1. they are just like snowflakes, only larger :)

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  15. I've never seen an iceberg. They don't make it this far south. Yet... :-)

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    1. love how you put the yet in there (I can't help but hope they dont)

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  16. hope they don't attack any ships :(
    Our rivers were ice-locked this winter since it was up to minus 25*C and a number of ships got destroyed by the moving ice after that.

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    1. occasionally they do attack - but not too often

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  17. Icebergs as a sign of Spring! I love that fact!

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    1. I love it too! Spring is in the air

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