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Rare 'Antartic Diamond': Photographer Captures Stunning Photo of Unusual Jewel-like Iceberg

Aug 09, 2016 04:10 AM EDT
Icebergs are large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier.
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A flipped iceberg is an extremely rare phenomenon, which is why coming across one is a unique experience worth documenting.

Photographer Alex Cornell was traveling in Antartica in 2014 when the boat he was riding on passed by a flipped iceberg.

Sharing his experience to Boredpanda, Cornell said he was clueless at first, but since the iceberg looked different than the rest, he felt so excited to take photos of it.

The guide then told him what he was about to see nature's most beautiful creation. So what does a flipped iceberg look like? Breathtaking.

"I was shooting raw and the only photo processing necessary was curve adjustments to bring it back to a properly exposed image. The iceberg was this color in real life and required no enhancement to give it this alien appearance. As photos go, I consider this to be the result of being in the right place/time; there was nothing spectacular done on my part to achieve this. Antarctica is clearly a very photogenic place," he writes.

Cornell explained on his Facebook page how he took the photo and what camera did he use.

What are Icebergs?

Icebergs are large floating mass of ice detached from a glacier. Planet Science explains that when the edge of a glacier meets a sea or ocean, it forms an ice shelf. Once the ice shelf breaks off, an iceberg is formed.

How Do They Look Like?

According to Smithsonianmag, only about 10 percent of an iceberg will ever show at the surface, with its tip usually covered in snow.

Why Do Icebergs Flip?

An iceberg is a stunning sight to see, but they can be dangerous, too. As previously mentioned, only about 10 percent of iceberg can be seen from the surface, which means about 90 percent of it is submerged. The reason why icebergs float is because salt water is denser than fresh water.

Icebergs flip when they melt. And when they flip, the force is comparable to an atomic bomb, scientists at the University of Chicago said. Can you just imagine what happens when you are near the area when the iceberg flips?

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