INFORMATION ON: frozen waves~beautiful!~

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Its not really a tidal wave but ice created from glacial movements forming tidal wave looks. Pretty cool.

This spectacular series of images circulates via email and has also been posted on various websites, blogs and online forums.

A description commonly included with the images claims that they depict a large tidal wave or tsunami wave instantly frozen as it breaks.

However, the ice formation shown in the images is almost certainly a part of a glacier rather than an instantly frozen wave.

The exact origin of the images is currently unclear, as is the location where the photographs were taken.

What seems clear, however, is that the pictures are quite unlikely to show a giant wave somehow snap-frozen in the very act of breaking.

The formation contains

blue ice, and this is compelling evidence that it was not created instantly from a wave of water. Blue ice is created as the ice is compressed and trapped air bubbles are squeezed out.

The ice looks blue because, when light passes through thick ice, blue light is transmitted back out but red light is absorbed.

An article on the Alaska Science Forum notes:

The color of ice can be used to estimate its strength and even how long it has been frozen. Arctic Ocean ice is white during its first year because it is full of bubbles. Light will travel only a short distance before it is scattered by the bubbles and reflected back out. As a result, little absorption occurs, and the light leaves with the same color it had when it went in.

During the summer, the ice surface melts and new overlying ice layers compress the remaining air bubbles. Now, any light that enters travels a longer distance within the ice before it emerges. This gives the red end of the spectrum space enough to be absorbed, and the light returned at the surface is blue.

Arctic explorers and mountain climbers know that old, blue ice with fewer bubbles is safer and stronger than white ice. An added bonus for explorers is knowing that floating camps built on blue ice will last longer.


Thus, the deep blue color suggests that the ice in the formation was probably built up slowly over time rather than formed instantly. Perhaps the ice outcrop may have formed when geological or environmental pressures forced quantities of ice upward from the surrounding ice plain. Subsequent melting and refreezing over many seasons may have given the formation its smooth, wave-like appearance.

I am hoping to track down the true origins of these beautiful images. If you know who took the photographs or where they were taken, please let me know.

Wikipedia: Blue ice (glacial)
Blue Snow and Ice
Frozen Tsunami Waves

First published: 13th November 2007

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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HOW BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!


Beautiful, simply and amazing. Those pictures of frozen waves are really beautiful and can can leave you without breath. If you think that this is impossible than you are wrong. This is the wonder of nature, take a look at those pictures of frozen waves.













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