I also study ice because it's beautiful - from the smallest ice crystal to the vast expanse of the ice sheet itself. It's hard to describe just how beautiful ice can be.
In this post, I'll show you just a few pictures of the ice from Antarctica, though pictures really can't capture just how amazing Antarctica really is.
If you look really closely at these ice crystals, you can see that each one has six sides. Snow flakes are another six-sided ice crystal. Next time it snows in Utah, see if you can see the six sides.
Caves form in the ice in some areas of Antarctica, and scientists are trying to figure out how and why they form. I never thought I would get to explore caves in Antarctica!
The ice on either side of a long break or crack in the ice floating on the ocean can be pushed up ontop of each other creating what are called pressure ridges. The pressure ridges look like a long series of jagged peaks that stick up out of the relatively flat ice all around it. The two pictures and video below show some pressure ridges we saw while near the coast of Antarctica. They are some of my favorite features of Antarctic ice.
Most of Antarctica is completely covered by ice. You can only see rock or ground in very few places. Below are three photos from near the coast of Antarctica, where you can see some of the mountain peaks and rocks poking up out of the ice.
The snow in Antarctica is so dry that it blows around and forms dunes, just like sand. Snow dunes are called sastrugi.
West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Most of Antarctica is covered by so much ice that you see nothing else anywhere around. It's like standing on a frozen ocean with no land anywhere in sight. The first two pictures below show what the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is like when standing on it; the last picture shows what it looks like when flying above it.