Icebergs

Torngat Mountains National Park

Awe! This is what I felt as we approached our first iceberg. It was surprising to me how much I was struck by the immense strength and power of these massive chunks of ice. As I researched further about icebergs, I feel humbled by the opportunity I had to see these incredible formations up close. The resilience it takes to survive against the raging seas is unbelievable.

As glaciers creep over land, meltwater fills the crevasses and later freezes, creating clear, bubble-free ice that shows up as bluish streaks.

Every year about 40,000 medium to large sized icebergs break off and slip into the ocean from Greenland glaciers. Only about 400-800 make it as far as St. John's. The majority of icebergs in the Torngat area come from the glaciers of Western Greenland.

Icebergs are reported to be 10,000 years old.

Icebergs vary greatly in size, ranging from very large - greater than 10 million tonnes and hundreds of meters long, to large, medium, and small bergs. The smallest are called "bergy bits," which are the size of a small house, and "growlers," which are the size of a grand piano.

Almost 90% of an iceberg is under water. It's maximum width under water is 20%-30% larger than you see at the surface.

Facts provided by Dr. Stephen E. Brunea at www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com All images by Lee Horbachewski www.instagram.com/leehorbachewski #stellerverse #icebergs

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