Blue Ice Berg #7
One of the most interesting features of these bergs is their beautiful color. A simplified, but not complete, explanation of the color follows. The snow that falls on the glacier surface is full of many air bubbles. The bubbles create a huge surface for sun light to hit. As light hits the huge surface with all of the bubbles, most of the light reflects from its surface in about the same color as the incoming light, so the ice berg that calved from the relatively new ice appears “white” most of the time. As time goes on, the snow is both transformed and compacted. In this process, the air bubbles are crushed and become a very small part of the ice. Now, most of the incoming light does not reflect but rather travels through the ice. Red and yellow wave lengths of light are absorbed in the ice leaving the blues and greens to scatter and emerge as the predominate colors. The older compressed ice tends to be a lot bluer than the younger ice for this reason.
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