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The Iceberg Graveyard

Marty’s photo of the day #2348: I will let an excerpt from my first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” explain this shot:

The Iceberg Graveyard is the unofficial name for Pléneau Bay. Ocean currents carry icebergs into the bay, where they run aground to form a sculpture garden of awesome beauty. Perhaps a more fitting name for the bay would be Neptune’s Cathedral, as it looked as if a supernatural being had carved all the icebergs. For instance, one iceberg resembled the Great Sphinx of Giza, and another resembled the face of the Statue of Liberty.

One of the most impressive formations was a huge iceberg shaped like a band shell. I imagined the animals using the shell for concerts when humans weren’t around. A typical show would begin with a tuxedoed Adélie penguin swimming to center stage and introducing the entertainment for the evening: “Ladies and gentlemen, please put your flippers together and welcome the new Antarctic sensation—Minke and the Whales!”

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