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From: Jean Pennycook
Cape Royds, Antarctica, December 29, 2008

Ice Beauty

When most people think of Antarctica they envision powerful glaciers, 100s of square miles of sea ice and massive icebergs (see Dec 10 postcard). All of these landscape dominators are here and they do fill up your visual bytes so that sometimes we forget to think small. If you take the time to look closely, the ice can be delicate, fragile and elegant. In formation it obeys the rules of nature which are both chaotic and precise. In these photos, water has turned to ice in different ways each creating a pattern of its own. Showing its artistic abilities, wind created the frozen waves in the last picture. For more pictures and stories about penguins go to Penguin Science

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