CAPE ROYDS, ROSS ISLAND, ANTARCTICA– When you first come to Antarctica you are overwhelmed with the amount of ice. Every direction you turn you are surrounded by it dominating and controlling the landscape, white against white. Beautiful and powerful, this visual element controls every byte of memory you will take away with you, and every photo. The first time you stand on sea ice which extends to the horizon in all directions you feel the enormity and significance of this place and finally understand what they mean when they say “Antarctica’s ice influences the global system.” This place has a lot of ice.
Icebergs are broken off pieces of glaciers and contain snow that fell 10 000’s of years ago. When you move close to one, what you see is several 100 feet tall and yet only 10% of its actual size and you come to understand not only how much ice there is here, but also how long it has been here.
There is a lot of ice in Antarctica.