23 February 2011

Post-earthquake iceberg

A group of people travel with Glacier Explorers to see one of the many icebergs that caved into Tasman Lake as a result of the 6.3 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, Tuesday, February 22, 2011. (AP Photo/NZPA, Denis Callesen) 

A beautiful image from a set of 50+ photos of the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake, posted at The Atlantic's new In Focus photoessay feature.  (The caption of the photo must have a typo; I'm sure they meant to say that "many icebergs calved" into Tasman Lake.)


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  2. My dictionary says "cave in" means to collapse, or yield under pressure. It looks like proper usage to me.

  3. @Mark--true, but calving is the correct term for big chunks breaking off glaciers. Same term as for what cows do when they give birth.

    At any rate, cave is better than what I saw in an AP article yesterday, which had carved--several times, so it wasn't just a typo. Some overzealous editor must have thought the writer didn't know how to spell.

    --Swift Loris

  4. Amazing and beautiful, even in the aftermath of a terrible earthquake.

  5. All the newspapers here in NZ reported it as "calved" when they published that picture.

  6. Re: Kathryn in NZ

    That must be because the editors in NZ aren't semi-literate, SpellCheck-enthralled cretins like they are here in North America!

  7. I love this photo and want to use it in a workshop for science teachers to use with their students. How can I get permission for it and what are your copyright requirements?


    1. The photo is not mine. I cited the source in the text below the photo and provided a link to that source. You should contact them for permission to use the photo.


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