Pressure

The dynamic movements of ice on the continent create staggeringly gorgeous formations. While I am currently surrounded by glaciers and frozen lakes, I was able to catch a glimpse of a different kind of ice sculpture earlier this season.

Around the coast of Antarctica there are many areas where the permanent ice shelves of the continent meet the winter sea ice of the ocean. Pressure ridges form during the repeated heating and cooling of the surface of the ice. The meeting of the ice shelves and the sea ice is the perfect breeding ground for these jagged ridges.

I took a walk to an undisclosed location. Without breaking any rules whatsoever, I was lucky enough to snap a few photos of my short jaunt.

When ice meets ice

Like mountains

Blues and whites

Sharp

March of the penguins

Our internet (and communication in general) has been out for the last week, preventing me from updating as frequently. Sadly it looks like we will continue to have trouble with it until the end of the season, but I will be doing my best to post again soon this weekend. It’s tricky.

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4 thoughts on “Pressure

  1. You web site is quite interesting to me. With this post, however, I haven’t got a clue to what the scale is. Also a little curious as to what the “without breaking any rules whatsoever” comment might imply.

    Is yellow snow prohibited?

    • Good point with needing scale in the photos. I think they’d look much more dynamic with a person/object in them able to show that they were about 20 feet high, but sadly no one or anything was around to serve as a reference.

      And yep, in the Valleys yellow snow is prohibited

  2. I don’t know; scale would be nice, but they’re pretty dynamic anyway! That “blues and whites” picture is breathtaking.

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