Ice and Snow

01 Ice Ice Baby

Welcome to this post on Ice and Snow.  It can be hard to imagine icy winds, slippery sidewalks, the hush of snow when it is warm and inviting outside.

As MacAuley informs us, ice overs a tenth of the landmass and just a bit less of the ocean surface.  The loss of ice has become a point of global debate.  Will Manhattan end up underwater?  The earth at the end of either pole is an “unearthly place”, seemingly quiet but perhaps not so much as musician Cheryl Leonard has exploring creating music from the sounds therein.


In the images below, what do you see?  Where are they taken?

In this essay, our author again introduces the artist, Andy Goldsworthy.  He might be deemed our ‘patron saint” of the elements. Here are two images, also above.  See if you can find more of his works which suggest ice or snow.


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12 Responses to Ice and Snow

  1. tvillez says:

    Anthony says “picture 1 = al gore”

  2. Rachel Russak says:

    This video is really cute and embraces the mysteries of what is beneath the arctic ice.
    The immense concentration necessary for this fox to catch even a little mouse is enormous.
    Snow and ice are beautiful but can be deadly. We need to respect the elements, while at the same time enjoying their beauty.

  3. Mary Beth says:
    Isn’t it so cool how nature becomes art and how icicles fascinate us as children?

  4. Larissa Hoefler says:

    This is actually really scary. It shows that something so beautiful and fragile can be so dangerous at the same time. The snow looks beautiful to ski on, but if you fall with the snow or get buried under it, you can risk your life.

  5. scorr says:

    Look how cool and scary this is!

    Extreme Snowboarding down a mountain.

    That’s so cool to be able to be that close to nature by yourself.

  6. Mary Astore says:

    I think it’s amazing what an impact ice has on the environment. After it snows the entire landscape of the area is completely changed. And if ice begins to melt, at the poles or off of mountains, it can have devastating impacts on the surrounding region. Ice melting on mountains can cause floods and avalanches, and at the poles, the ice can change ocean currents and weather patterns and cause the water level to rise alarmingly.

  7. ekidney says:

    I think the picture with the penguins is in the Arctic because the ice seems to be in the water already, whereas in Antarctica the ice is on the land. It is sort of hard to tell from the picture.

    • wcturgeon says:

      Hi Elizabeth, actually, if I am not mistaken, penguins only live in the southern hemisphere. Am I right, everyone?

      • Larissa Hoefler says:

        Elizabeth, I thought the same thing. It looks like the ice is in the water and not actually on land, but I did look it up and Professor Turgeon is right, penguins do only live in the southern hemisphere.

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