Rare Photograph Captures The Blue-Green Magic Hidden On The Other Side Of An Iceberg


The tip of an iceberg has been well documented, both in photography and overused idioms. We’ve been told time and time again that the visible part of those giant chunks of frozen water — the ones that adorn the pages of National Geographic — represents only one tenth of the mass that is an iceberg. The rest lurks below the water, not often seen by the likes of tourists, photojournalists and roving scientists.

But, thanks to San Francisco-based photographer and filmmaker Alex Cornell, the invisible tail-end of an iceberg has been captured on camera.

Cornell shot the stunning glacial portrait on a vacation in Antarctica with his mom and sister — they were in the Cierva Cove, to be exact, a glacial bay off the Antarctic peninsula. At first glance, a viewer undoubtedly notices that unlike the white icebergs we’re used to, the one Cornell photographed is free of snow, more of a translucent blue-green than we’re used to. According to Cornell’s tour guide, this was because the berg had recently flipped.

How does this happen? “Melting can trigger calving,” the Smithsonian explains, referencing a chunk’s tendency to break off from glaciers and —> Read More Here


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