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Black Iceberg Photo Goes Viral

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Have you ever seen a black iceberg? A photo of an oddly colored chunk of ice went viral this week after it was posted to Reddit.

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, a black iceberg isn’t rare but it is also rarely seen.

Several icebergs are colored black (or even green or brown) but the color typically lies below the surface of the water. The black iceberg in the viral photo is most likely the bottom of an iceberg that has rolled over.

The encyclopedia explains:

These (colored) 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.

Here’s a viral photo of the black iceberg.

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The black iceberg photo on Reddit led a few other users to post some interesting photos to the website. Here is a photo of an unusually blue iceberg.

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Did you know that iceberg’s could be black?

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28 Responses to “Black Iceberg Photo Goes Viral”

  1. Michael Guntli

    That kind is what sank Titanic- see why it wasn't seen? I've studied titanic for years and had only heard of the "blue berg" as they are called but never could figure out how you could miss it. Now I know.

  2. Kenneth Gonzalez

    It looks like something is in it, Im going to say viral marketing for pacific rim.

  3. Jaime Flor

    The blue one looks like a popsicle…. As for the black one, I thought it was going to be related to pollutants, but I guess not. Anyways, I like seeing these type of things, and in my opinion, that giant ice cube looks pretty damn cool. It kind of looks like Obsidian.

  4. Kalei Pham

    The blue iceberg should have gone viral instead…. Way cooler!

  5. Timothy Yancy

    The original ice berg was Black have you ever heard of Black Ice and not the rapper. Usually you can see signs near overpasses in the U.S.

  6. Robert Buster Taylor

    no America is the loser ,,because of washington thinking the can change Gods laws,its all through the bible what God does to lands that deny him.and can no longer blame this mess on bush

  7. Red Lioness

    Wasn't it a black iceberg that did in the Titanic, this is not a first occurence that shown the different colors the iceberg's can take on before.

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