Wednesday, May 23, 2007


These are three views of the same green iceberg near the Amery Ice Shelf. I blogged about the breakup of this ice shelf in January which is a reasonable month for looking at all things ice related but not now when my feet are freezing.
I love icebergs which is strange because I hate the cold but put an image of a berg anywhere near me and I'm hypnotised. There's just something about the sculptured shape of a very old berg that's been floating with the current for five or so years. It's lost the raw edge of newly calved ice and this green translucent colour is so rare.
Phosphophylite is a crystal from Bolivia and in the raw state is the only thing in nature that I've seen that comes close to these icebergs. In fact I've only ever seen one specimen of this gem which I bought for a friend who was into crystal healing. I can still remember seeing it in the shop, pardon me while I wax poetic, but it truly did sing to me like a siren sitting on top of one of these bergs. It wasn't smooth, it was sharp, spiky and only in the very centre did the colour concentrate into this wonderful pale green.


Andrew said...

I wonder how green ice would go in a g&t? I think we should mine the ice caps for green ice.

JahTeh said...

That rings a bell, Andrew. I'm sure some bloke took a chunk of iceberg on board a ship to sell for ice cubes. Green ice in a smooth Pernod, yum. Double yum, someone's navel to drink it from.

JahTeh said...

Damn, I've just given that bearded pervert an opening he'll drive a bullock cart through.

Anonymous said...

Take one last look at the beauty!!!!!!!
It will be gone soon!

How sad.

Cazzie!!! said...

Wax poetic all you like, I too love crystals, and I am now very interested in icebergs. Amazing how it has begun to melt so.
As a side topic, my Aunt Elaine, lives in Mt Gambier, renouned for healers of all sorts there. She is really into her crystals. I wonder if it has anything to do with the magic of the blue lake there?

JahTeh said...

It's not the ice that's melting, it's the glaciers that are moving faster towards the oceans. Once they calve, the bergs roam with the currents for quite a long time. I've only seem an iceberg turn turtle on film and it's on my wish list for real.

Cazzie, that lake is fascinating but for underwater spookiness, you can't beat Piccaninny Ponds. Beautiful clear water that suddenly drops away in a black chasm only a few metres across and not far away from Mt. Gambier.

Lord Sedgwick said...

"Damn, I've just given that bearded pervert an opening he'll drive a bullock cart through."

Circling the Cobb and Cos as you speak ... so unguardedly.

JahTeh said...

I've got loads of time then if you've got Jack in the traces.