While this photo might not look like anything to write home about, what we are looking at is an image of an ice core taken at the National Ice Core Laboratory located in the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, Colorado.
This image may not seem like anything particularly special, but actually, ice cores tell us a lot of information – especially about the history of climate and historical conditions on earth. For example, ice cores can let us know if there were any major changes to the earth’s conditions thousands of years ago. In the case of this one, scientists are studying bubbles formed many years ago.
We’re not exactly sure how an insect could be frozen because it typically takes several hours – 3 to 4 hours at least – to freeze something. Unless this poor creature was trapped and could not get out in time. While it is sad that the poor insect did not escape this layer of freezing water, it is one of the most perfect frozen specimens. We are either looking at a spider wasp or a water strider.
It is probably the latter, as you might expect a water strider who was doing its thing to be frozen and eventually preserved in ice. As said, the creature probably became trapped and eventually succumbed to the elements. Just another interesting thing found in ice.
Who would have known that chunks of ice can get together in gangs and wreak havoc on the world around them? Well, this photo is proof of the vandalism and hooliganism of these gangs of ice. What we are looking at here is a photo taken back in 2012 of the Danube, specifically in Zemun of Belgrade in Serbia. During February 2012, Europe was hit by a particularly aggressive Artic cold front.
The important river/waterway, the Danube, was frozen over, but as you can see, these chunks of ice appeared on the surface and tended to lay waste to everything in their path, including houseboats, barges, and boats. While there may be no ice syndicate, this photo shows ice can be immensely destructive.
From this photo, it appears whenever a bit of hidden treasure comes up, archaeologists have to make the trip to dig up what is lying below the surface. In this case, the surface just happens to be several layers of ice. These two archaeologists are working on a sunken ship, and right off the bat, we can say we’re glad they’re the ones doing the job.
Their location is not exactly clear, but all we see around them is ice and extreme temperatures. As said, the two archaeologists are working on the remains of a sunken ship. A question comes to mind. How on earth is possible to do archaeological examinations in those frigid conditions?
Relics From Norway
With climate change, the increase in temperatures has caused ice to melt. One region that has been particularly affected is Norway. While this might be bad news for a lot of environmental activists, the melting ice gives archaeologists plenty of discoveries, like this finding here. This photo was taken in Lendbreen, Lom, where archaeologists found this snowshoe for a horse.
It is believed that this snowshoe originated back in the Viking Days, making it about 1000 years old. What is interesting is that the horse’s manure was also preserved along with the snowshoe, making it a rather fascinating relic. This kind of archaeological evidence gives us an idea of Viking trade and movement during this period.