The Beauty Of A Piece Of Ice In Antarctica Pictured On An Acrylic Fridge Magnet
An attractive piece of ice in Antarctica, carved by nature, is featured on this acrylic fridge magnet from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts. Ice forms a major part of the environment of Antarctica; its ice sheet forms one of the two polar ice caps, and is the largest single mass of ice on the planet covering an area of approximately fourteen million square kilometres. The ice is constructed from snowfall which is compacted into glacier ice; this ice in the Antarctic contains approximately sixty-one per cent of the fresh water on the planet. From this vast creation comes the more delicate piece of ice that features on our fridge magnet.
The World Of Ice
The glacier ice of Antarctica is carved by nature as it reaches the ocean after drifting on water streams. The resulting icebergs drift in the Antarctic Ocean waters until they melt. Sea ice also exists in Antarctica where the sea itself freezes. The area of water covered by sea ice varies from season to season; in February the area is approximately three million square kilometres whereas in October it is much larger at approximately twenty million square kilometres. The ice is only a few metres thick but it limits the amount of sunlight able to reach the water thereby restricting the growth of phytoplankton, although algae do thrive. The glacir and sea ice combine to make the Antarctic a wonderland of frozen water as represented by the delicate piece of ice on our acrylic fridge magnet.