What Shapes do Icebergs Come In?

Icebergs come in a vast array of shapes due to melting and breaking. Although no two icebergs are exactly the same, there are categories of shapes that are used for observation. Here is a handy guide with some illustrations and real life examples for reference on your next iceberg viewing adventure. 

 

Tabular

tabular iceberg

A flat-topped iceberg with a width five times greater than its height. Most have some horizontal banding.

 
 
 
 
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Blocky

blocky iceberg

A flat-topped iceberg with steep sides.

 
 
 
 
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Wedged

wedged iceberg

A flat surfaced iceberg with steep surfaces on one side and gradually sloping on the other, thus forming a wedge.

 
 
 
 
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Dome

dome iceberg

An iceberg that is smooth with a rounded top.

 
 
 
 
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Pinnacle

pinnacle iceberg

An iceberg with at least one main spiral or pyramid on it.

 
 
 
 
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Dry Dock

drydock iceberg

An iceberg with a U-shaped slot at or near water level, and at least two pinnacles or columns.

 
 
 
 
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It’s taken them 10,000 years to get here, but you can discover them in just a click with IcebergFinder.com. Sometimes, these frosty giants are spotted from outer space, other times, from a sliver of our 29,000 kilometres of coastline. If you find one in your travels, and would like to share a photo with us, by all means upload it at IcebergFinder.com and tag it with #ExploreNL and #IcebergsNL as well! 

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