In Canada, we’re lucky that we have access to many amazing glaciers and icebergs, from the landlocked glaciers of the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains (you can get there by driving over the ice in a hardy “snow coach” bus) to the ocean icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, an area sometimes referred to as “Iceberg Alley.” Some of the ice that can be spotted from Canada’s eastern coast is up to 10,000 years old, and years of erosion and regrowth have given the formations fascinating shapes. And as they say, most of an iceberg is below water, so the part we can see is just a tiny fraction of the majestic whole.
Icebergs can be classified by shape and color. There are tabular icebergs, which look like flat, floating plateaus, and then there are non-tabular icebergs, which come in all sorts of shapes, from domes to wedges. There are also blue icebergs, which are brightly coloured due to the huge amount of pressure that has been exerted on them, which affects how they interact with light.
In this gallery, you’ll see all of these types of icebergs and more. These formations are one of the world’s great wonders, and it is our job to protect them. So take a look at what a world without climate change can produce—and do your best to keep icebergs and glaciers strong.
To see a recording of awesome icebergs in Canada’s Iceberg Alley, check out the video below.
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