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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-18-08 05:27 PM
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10. Sorry, but the "frozen wave" pictures are not frozen waves
Edited on Fri Jul-18-08 05:28 PM by Jim Lane
It's striking to think that such a huge amount of water could freeze instantly, but it simply doesn't happen. Snopes has the real story:

Starkly beautiful wave-like ice formations like the ones they capture can indeed be found in parts of Antarctica. However, such formations are not created (as claimed in the text accompanying these images) by waves of water hitting frigid air and instantly freezing in place; they're typically formed over time from ice that has been compacted and uplifted by glaciation, then shaped through exposure to the elements....


Snopes also has a link to the full set of Antarctic photos from which these were taken.

On the bright side, Snopes says that the part about the striped icebergs is true. Link That part is certainly more plausible than a huge insta-frozen wave.
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