Candle Stack

Candled ice seen in the Mackenzie Delta (Canada), May 27, 2008

I found this unique and artistic looking piece of candle ice floating in a hole in the ice cover where the Mackenzie Delta meets the Beaufort Sea.

(Photo by F. Hicks, UofA River Ice Group, Canon Powershot SD 890 IS, f/4, ISO-80, FL 14 mm, 1/640 sec. exposure) 


About Faye Hicks

I am a professor emeritus, civil engineer, animal lover and writer.
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2 Responses to Candle Stack

  1. I have no experience of this. Is that ‘candle of ice’ actually standing up, floating like an iceberg with a heavy base for stability below the water? I can’t imagine the perspective in life.

    • Faye Hicks says:

      Yup it’s floating – this is actually a piece of candled ice that we chipped off the ice cover at the edge of a big hole. (We were poking at it to see how close to the edge of the hole we could safely walk.) The piece that broke off was kind of lopsided in shape, so the big part immediately tipped under the water leaving this more delicate part sticking up. The ‘candle-like’ crystals you see here were actually vertical until we broke the piece away. The whitest part was on the top and the clearer part had been under water. It’s a great example actually of how non-uniform the underside melting is! …which is kind of scary for those of us who have to work on the ice cover… 😉

      Thanks for visiting and for posting this great question!

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