Nature is so full of creatures, ecosystems and phenomena that they are like an infinite box of surprises full of curiosities and oddities that never cease to amaze us.
We have always heard of the tips of icebergs (literally and metaphorically) to refer to the fact that we see very little, that under the surface there is much more to discover. What will an iceberg be like in that part that we cannot see, in that part that gives continuity to its top?
In these beautiful and curious photographs by graphic designer and filmmaker Alex Cornell , we find out.
During an expedition in Antarctica, Cornell had the rare opportunity to see a huge iceberg that had recently flipped over, revealing an extraordinarily vivid blue and fluorine underside.
With strikingly polished ice ranging from aquamarine hues to dark blue-green to almost black, this impressive specimen looks “more like a galactic artifact than anything terrestrial,” Cornell told the media.
Icebergs are normally white because of air bubbles trapped inside them, says Jan Lieser , a marine glaciologist at the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Co-operative Research Center in Tasmania.
The deep blue color of this iceberg indicates that there is virtually no air entrainment, most likely as a result of pressure exerted by accumulating snow extinguishing all oxygen.
What we see of an iceberg is only about ten percent of its entirety, most of the mass is hidden below the surface of the water.
Dr. Lieser explains: “While the iceberg is in the water, it actually melts, so there comes a point where its mass becomes unbalanced and at some point that no one can predict, these icebergs move and rotate.” .
Those movements, which are extraordinary to witness, are sometimes even powerful enough to create tsunami-like effects.