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18 Ancient Icebergs

 Some of the world's most spectacular locations are completely uninhabitable. Perhaps they are all the better for this, given the state of some of the cities mankind has built! And these wonderful icebergs look as if they have been carved by pagan gods, so grand and so heavenly do they appear. Have you ever seen such pure, breathtaking beauty as this before?
 
1. Jökulsárlón, Iceland
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This melting scene is taking place at night time, during midsummer in Iceland, when the sun continues to shine day-long. 
2. Jutting iceberg, Antarctica
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The phrase 'tip of the iceberg', comes from the fact that only around 10% of an iceberg can be seen floating above the waters, as this image perfectly illustrates.
3. An iceberg, Greenland
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The weather in this part of the world is so stormy that icebergs are often molded into sublime windswept forms, such as this glorious cake-like giant.
4. Scotia Sea, Antarctica
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This ice formation is incredibly ancient, and the group of chinstrap penguins enjoying its crystalline palace show how important it is to the environment.
5. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
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Incredibly, the Americas have many icebergs at both ends. Here down in Argentina you can see some very textured examples.
 
6. An iceberg adrift, location unknown
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Whether they come from the northern or southern hemisphere, there are hundreds of thousands of icebergs, cut adrift from their glacier birth places, aimlessly floating around our oceans. 
7. An eagle ponders his lunch, location unknown
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Many icebergs are estimated to be as much as 30,000 years old. They form from ancient snowflakes compressed over time that break away into great, giant lumps. 
8. An upside down iceberg, location unknown
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This iceberg actually managed to become flipped the other way around due to imbalances in its body form, offering a rare glimpse at the base of an iceberg.
9. Iceberg Alley, Antarctica
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Lying in the western Weddell sea, this region showcases some particularly prehistoric icebergs. In this image, it's only thanks to the position of the birds that we can tell where the sky and land even are.
10. A degraded iceberg, location unknown
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Just like with land, it is perfectly natural for icebergs to disintegrate over time. They age very slowly though. This iceberg is clearly falling apart, and will one day be no longer with us. Such is time.
11. Gerlache Passage, Antarctica
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The waters here are so very calm. So, because of these gentle waters and light waves, this iceberg has been sculpted into a unique form. Rarely will you see two the same.
12. A rolled-over iceberg, location unknown
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The make up of an old iceberg is complex, full of various ages' minerals and sediment. You can see this in the marble-effect of the iceberg's layers.
13. Jakobshavn, Greenland
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Look at this ocean-liner sized iceberg floating off during the summer! At a distance it would be hard not to think you were staring at a fluffy cloud, such is the brilliant white it beams back at us.
14. A jutting iceberg, location unknown
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Some of these obscure icebergs look like incredible mountain peaks. Aren't these wonders of nature so utterly spellbinding! The thrill I get from staring at this devastating pinnacle fills me with awe, and not a little fear too.
15. Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland
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This is Sermeq Kujalleq, thought to be the Northern Hemisphere region with the most glacier productivity. Here is the place where new icebergs are born, and mature icebergs grow in bulk and luster. 
16. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
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In a dull scene, such as at this frozen glacial lake, under a grey sky, an ice-berg can really brighten things up with some spectacular colors pouring into the eye.
17. Inside Passage, Alaska
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Though we would describe many of these icebergs' color as blue, this is actually an illusion. The eldest icebergs are so compact that they do not refract any light. 
18. Antarctica, near the Shetland Islands
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These 'tablet glaciers' seem to wind on endlessly into the distance. 
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