Posted on by Peter Rettig

The Language of Icebergs...

striped icebergA friend recently sent us this YouTube video of amazing Striped Icebergs. [Note: We've updated the link to the YouTube video, Jan 2021.]

Watching these pictures without explanation would make you speculate for hours what could possibly create the stripes and colors. Fortunately there are scientists who can explain such mysteries, i.e. translate the mechanics of nature into language that we can understand:

“Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with melt water and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside.

If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice grinds downhill towards the sea. Antarctica Frozen Wave Pixs - Nature is amazing!

The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That's what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air.”

Fortunately learning a new language does not have to be like deciphering the mysteries of nature. There are many language programs that will make it easy for you to get started. And then it is up to you to expand your basic understanding by listening, reading, writing, and speaking more and more!