Svalbard, Norway

A large iceberg has many crevices in its structure. The dark blue sea contrasts with the brilliant white of the glacier. That massive piece of ice floats in the Arctic sea far north of Svalbard.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 10 September, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D X and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Exposure time: 1/800s
  • ISO: 1000
  • Focal Length: 200mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 5184 by 3456 pixels (WxH).

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An impressive large iceberg has many crevices in its structure. The dark blue sea contrasts with the brilliant white of the glacier piece. This massive piece of ice floats in the Arctic sea far north of Svalbard.

Icebergs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are tiny, and others can be the size of a small country. To class an iceberg, the height of the ice must be higher than 4.8 meters / 16 feet above sea level, and the thickness must be 30-50 meters / 98 -164 feet. Smaller pieces of ice are known as “bergy bits” and “growlers.” They can come from glaciers or shelf ice, and may also be the result of a large piece of ice that has broken off. However, a berry bit is a medium to a large piece of broken-off ice. Growlers are generally smaller. They can be the size of a small truck or grand piano. 

There are two types of icebergs. Firstly, you get tabular ones. That means they have steep sides and a flat top. Secondly, you get a non-tabular iceberg. They do have irregular shapes with domes and spires. This impressive piece of ice in the photograph is a tabular iceberg due to its flat-is top and steep sides.

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