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Photographer's Note

This photo was taken at the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. These are smaller pieces that calved off of the main glacier some time ago and were in the process of melting away in the Mendenhall Lake formed by the glacier run-off. Mendenhall Glacier is about 13 miles long and is part of the Juneau ice field.

I don't know enough to go into all of the science behind it, but the brilliant blue color of the glacier ice is due to a combination of factors including how old the ice is, how much pressure it has been under, and the fact that it does not reflect light but absorbs it. I was told by a park ranger that you can only see the bluest of blue ice for a short period of time after the glacier has calved, thereby revealing the old ice within.

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  • Copyright: Michelle Hackerott (michelle77) Silver Note Writer [C: 3 W: 0 N: 24] (54)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 2010-09-01
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposition: f/0.6, 1/256 secondes
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2017-06-12 22:09
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