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Black Iceberg Photo Goes Viral

Like a black swan or black sheep, a black iceberg is sure to draw some attention.

However, who knew just how viral a photograph of a black iceberg could be?

Posted on Reddit by user Rundoll this past Friday, the image has garnered over 1,000 comments, was featured on the front page, and has spread to dozens of other publications, from CBS to MSN.

The image is pretty jaw dropping. Black icebergs are rarely seen and the result of density differences.

The Canada Encyclopedia explains:

“[Icebergs] may appear green, brown or black, or combinations of these colors. These icebergs have usually rolled over, exposing basal ice, or have emerged from below water level. The various colorations are caused by differences in density, air-bubble content and impurities. For example, black ice is of high density and bubble free; dark layers indicate the presence of rock materials derived from the base of the parent glacier. Occasionally, rocks may be found on the original upper surface of the iceberg. As the iceberg melts, these materials precipitate into marine or lake sediments.”

What do you think of the black iceberg? Awesome or overrated?


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