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SOUTHERN OCEAN– Sometimes icebergs contain silt and rocks collected in the continent as the ice moves the mountains down towards the sea, scouring the rock bed and entraining the material within the ice matrix.

At sea, it looks like black ice, shiny and dark.

Black ice.

Today we sampled such an iceberg. A party of 5 (Tim Shaw, Ken Smith, Rachelle Pagtalunan, Stian Alessandrini and Rolly Rogando) went on a boat a few hundred meters away from the ship carrying picks and buckets to chip the ice and bring it on board.

Taking rock samples from the ice last season. While we usually take zodiacs (small rubber boats) to sample ice and rocks, occasionally we can do it from the side of the boat.
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