Ever wonder what a Fjord is? Or even a Glacier?
Well you're definitely not alone! I had no idea until yesterday!
So I asked a lot of questions and here's what I learned!
A Fjord (pronounced Fee-YORD) is when two cliffs come together with an area of sea between them that is caused by glacier run off. Think of two big mountains with water between them. Sometimes a big chunk of ice right at the top between them. They're usually flat on the top because they were covered with glaciers are one point.
Glaciers are massive iceberg like structures that are super dense. They're a blue color because they don't have much air in them (less than 20%) so the only color they can reflect is blue. It's like a toilet bowl with that blue cleaning agent in it.
They grind up rocks as they form, melt, and fall which releases minerals called Rock Flour into the water, making it a bright blue.
When ice breaks off the glaciers, they are called icebergs, unless they're small then they're called bergies (bergy bits) or growlers (less than 3ft).
They can be bigger than a house, or as small as a tennis ball (or smaller).
It's called calving when they fall off.
It's insane. I saw two huge pieces calve.
One was as big as a house, one was car size.
First you hear an eerie cracking, then it starts falling and you hear the ice scraping then a huge crash as it hits the ocean and other ice bergs.
Want to hear what a calving glacier sounds like?
I actually captured one on this episode!