Thursday, June 12, 2008

Icebergs In June

It hs been hot and humid in Glenville. Next week is the West Virginia Folk Festival and we hope the weather moderates for this event. Several of you have pointed out the beauty of striped icebergs. What a refreshing sight on this hot evening!

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 meltwater 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 sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.

Enjoy the beauty of these ice formations!


Blogger Shannon said...

Hello Mr. Meads! I've so enjoyed catching up on your blog. I'm glad to see you didn't personally get flooded. I was there for the one in '85, so I remember how hard it was on so many people. Thank you for taking the time and effort to document it, though. And for all the photos and stories you share. *smile*

Would you please tell Mrs. Meads that Shannon Jones will miss seeing her this year at the Folk Festival, because I'm having major back surgery on the 20th? Seeing her is part of the fun of going for me. I hope to see her next year, though!

Have a great day!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Jim Meads said...

Thanks, Shannon.

6:02 PM  

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