Along Newfoundland Iceberg Alley, Stranger Giants Walk
Amateur photographer Mark Gray, who was lucky enough to live on Cape Bonavista, in the east of Newfoundland, published a fresh selection of icebergs …
The catch of the new season – usually ice blocks begin their journey through the waters there at the end of spring and follow through the “iceberg alley” for a couple of months. This place was nicknamed because the huge ice, as if in a parade, pass in front of the audience on the shore. But those who, like Mark Gray, have been observing them for more than a year, note: new icebergs are noticeably different from previous ones.
As a creative person, photographer Gray gives his icebergs his poetic nicknames. Not everyone, of course, because thousands of objects pass along the coast during the harvest year. Hundreds are guaranteed, so he pays attention only to the most extraordinary. Worthy to get the name “Hare’s ears” for a double peak or “Secretive”, because for the whole morning it never came up from the cliff, as if it were hiding there from the photographer.
Gray says that this year it has become much more difficult to choose icebergs for a photohunt. They used to be of bizarre shapes, but now everything seems to be fashioned by a crazy artist: skewed, chopped, with fresh traces of torn pieces. This is the main trouble – it happens that while you are setting up the equipment, choosing the best angle, the iceberg may suddenly crack right before your eyes. Nothing extraordinary in terms of nature, but the photographer is annoyed to start all over again.
Icebergs of Newfoundland
Most icebergs come from one place, crumbling glaciers in the west of Greenland. The average age of ice in them is more than 10,000 years, the initial dimensions are often more than 50 m in height, despite the fact that the main part is always hidden under water. But this season, Gray almost did not see real giants, some “freaks” got to Cape Bonavista – not very big and like fragments from large icebergs. Although, it is possible that the way it is. The processes of melting and destruction of the once almost monolithic ice mass have accelerated markedly.
The fact that icebergs began to crack more often and faster, both good and bad. The advantage is obvious – in the sea, near active shipping lanes, there will be much less dangerous ice blocks. They are as menacing in the new millennium as they were during the time of the Titanic, who sank not very far from here. The negative is experienced by local beverage manufacturers and representatives of the tourism sector. True, their opinion is not very weighty, besides, nothing can be done about this phenomenon. It remains only to observe or take risks.
Following the introduction of fishing quotas, Newfoundland residents are trying to find new ways to make money on the environment. In ice aged 10-12 thousand years, a priori there are no pesticides, DDT, radioactive substances and all that humanity has “gifted” to the outside world because of its activities. Icebergs are fired from large-caliber rifles, then chipped pieces are caught and the cleanest water in the world is heated from them. At least that’s what it says in an advertisement for the “iceberg beer,” which is brewed from it.
But now, when the icebergs themselves began to crack apart by leaps and bounds, this business has become noticeably more risky. The fall of a multi-ton block into the water gives rise to a wave that can overturn boats at a distance of several km. For the same reason, riding tourists near ice giants was also unsafe. More precisely, it is many times more dangerous than before – this can harm the entire given area of tourism services. Can our children and grandchildren be able to enjoy icebergs only by staying on the shore?