Sunday, July 09, 2017


Glacial ice is a different color from regular ice. It is so blue because the dense ice of the glacier absorbs every other color of the spectrum except blue - so blue is what we see!
It's Not Just Frozen Water!
Sometimes the glacial ice appears almost turquoise. Its crystalline structure strongly scatters blue light. The ice on a glacier has been there for a really long time and has been compacted down so that its structure is pretty different from the ice you normally see. Glacial ice is a lot different from the frozen water you get out of the freezer.

It's Not Just Frozen Snow!

Glacial ice is not just frozen compacted snow. There are other things in the ice that make it much different from the ice in your home. Glaciers move through rock and soil as they carve their way down a slope. This means the ice is going to have a lot more ingredients than just water.


  1. Views you wouldn't have seen from the ground! Fabulous!

  2. Great shots of the glacier. They are certainly amazing things to see in person.

  3. Oh my! I don't often say awesome Kate but in this case it would be the appropriate word to describe what you saw here! Tres interesting info too, I think most people would think ice is just ice!

  4. These views are well worth the flight! We live on glacial till from ancient glaciers in the Olympic Mountains. Our soil is full of tumbled rocks (we call them Sequim potatoes because they're frequently shaped like that), rounded and smoothed by their movement in the ice over centuries.


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