August 4th, 2014
I understand that the increasing prevalence of Arctic melt ponds is probably telling us something rather depressing about the rate at which glaciers are melting, the implications for global climate change and the chances that at some point within the remainder of my lifetime I'm going to find myself commuting to work in a canoe. I really do.
But on the other hand, those little turquoise jewels nestling in an expanse of whiteness sure are just so goddam pretty that sometimes I think it's worth the impending disruption of modern civilisation.
April 12th, 2010
Composer and sound artist Andreas Bick likes listening to ice:
I made this sound recording of a frozen lake in the winter of 2005/06 in the area around Berlin. Frozen lakes are known to give off most noise during major fluctuations in temperature: the ice expands or contracts, and the resulting tension in the ice causes cracks to appear. Due to the changes in temperature, the hours of morning and evening are usually the best times to hear these sounds. In my experience, thin ice is especially interesting for acoustic phenomena; it is more elastic and sounds are propagated better across the surface. Snowfall, on the other hand, has a muffling effect and the sound can only travel to a limited extent. [...]
June 8th, 2009
Nick Cobbing's Surface Tension collects a series of strikingly beautiful photographs of the Greenland ice shelf.