Rare look at what lies beneath icebergs

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The Breathtaking Underside Of Icebergs

If you think large masses of floating ice are beautiful, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Take a look at what lies beneath the water in images of a flipped iceberg.

Filmmaker Alex Cornell went to Antarctica to photograph the landscape, and during his trip he came across a recently flipped iceberg. Cornell took out his camera and snapped a series breathtaking images of the rarely seen underside of an iceberg.


Photo: Alex Cornell

The National Snow & Ice Data Center told Smithsonian "when glacier ice becomes extremely dense, the ice absorbs a small amount of red light, leaving a bluish tint in the reflected light, which is what we see."

Over the years icebergs melt, causing pieces like this to break off. Not long before Cornell floated by on a boat, the equilibrium of this specific iceberg changed, causing it to flip.

Since releasing his images online, they've gone viral.

"I think people are always excited to see something they have never seen before - especially when that something is a natural occurrence, a part of the world rarely glimpsed," Cornell told AOL via email. "Especially these days, when internet-goers have basically 'seen it all,' it's exciting for something so pure to cut through the noise."

While flipped icebergs are extremely rare -- Justin Burton, an assistant professor at Emory University who studies icebergs says they are becoming more and more common due to climate change.

Check out more breathtaking images from Cornell's Instagram:
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Rare look at what lies beneath icebergs
Different angle, same iceberg. Superman's house. #antarctica
Here is a different angle showing the contrast between the #flippediceberg and a normal, white #iceberg. One of these is not like the other. #antarctica
Sort of looks like a wolf about to eat the boat #antarctica
We climbed up a pretty steep ridge in Antarctica, and on the other side was a view over this bay. Was surprised to find this mystery boat anchored there. No clues regarding her crew or destination. One of two other boats we saw down there.
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