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The Montreal Ice Storm exposed our society’s Achilles heel. Our reliance on near-perfect conditions. Tony Robinson, Catastrophe V: Survival Earth, Channel 4 2008
An ice sheet could have masked the impact of a powerful impact 13,000 years ago. ibid.
If we hadn’t our bewitching autumn foliage, we should still have to credit the weather with one feature which compensates for all its bullying vagaries – the ice storm: when a leafless tree is clothed with ice from the bottom to the top – ice that is as bright and clear as crystal; when every bough and twig is strung with ice-beads, frozen dew-drops, and the whole tree sparkles cold and white, like the Shah of Persia’s diamond plume. Then the wind waves the branches and the sun comes out and turns all those myriads of beads and drops to prisms that glow and burn and flash with all manner of colored fires, which change and change again with inconceivable rapidity from blue to red, from red to green, and green to gold – the tree becomes a spraying fountain, a very explosion of dazzling jewels; and it stands there the acme, the climax, the supremest possibility in art or nature, of bewildering, intoxicating, intolerable magnificence. One cannot make the words too strong. Mark Twain
Phenomenon In Ross-Shire – A curious phenomena occurred at the farm of Balvullich, on the estate of Ord, occupied by Mr Moffat, on the evening of Monday last. Immediately after one of the loudest peals of thunder ever heard there, a large and irregular shaped mass of ice, reckoned to be nearly 20 feet in circumference, and of proportionate thickness, fell near the farm house. It had a beautiful crystalline appearance, being nearly all transparent. Scotsman newspaper report 1847
Just in the road here by that manhole cover an object appeared with a great crash. I went over and picked up this object and realised that it was ice ... I realised that if it had hit me on the head, I would have been killed. The bubble lines were very very regular indeed, and not meandering around all over the place, such as you observe in hail-stones. It was nearly all composed of big crystals two to three inches long with no layered structure as one has in a hailstone. Dr Richard Griffiths, physicist, televised interview 1973
A huge ball of ice had crashed into Danelle’s home. But this was not an isolated incidence. In the last decade there have been multiple reports of falling ice bombs. Weird or What? s1e1: Strange Survival, Discovery 2010
If not from hail and not from aircraft the source of the ice-bombs could be even higher: could they have come from outer space? Comets are made of rock, dust, frozen gasses and ice. ibid.
Across the planet a strange occurrence is happening in lakes and rivers: perfect circles of ice, some so big they’re visible from space. Are these ice-circles forming naturally, or is this some kind of elaborate hoax? Weird or What? s1e5: Human Popsicle
These circular swirling patterns seem to be suspended in water. They are of particular interest to researchers because of their apparent similarity to crop circles. Unexplained Mysteries: This Strange World
You’re on thin fucking ice, my Pedigree chums. Snatch 2000 starring Brad Pitt & Vinnie Jones & Jason Statham & Alan Ford & Robbie Gee & Lennie James & Ade & Dennis Farina & Mike Reid & Sorcha Cusack & Jason Flemyng et al, director Guy Ritchie, Bricktop to Turkish & Tommy
Travel so far north the summer sun never sets. Here is one of the last great wildernesses. The vast ice sheet of Greenland. It’s the birthplace of the most massive and spectacular objects on the planet: icebergs. Up to twenty billion tons in weight. And the height of a skyscraper. These monsters of the ocean have long fascinated us. Operation Iceberg, BBC 2012
During the short Arctic summer, the mosquitoes survive on the nectar and plants. But they much prefer the blood of mammals. ibid.
What are the physical forces slowly destroying this vast chunk of ice? Operation Iceberg II
Highly curious, polar bears are very capable of attacking anything or anyone. ibid.
The ice is just two degrees warmer than when it split off from the glacier two years earlier. ibid.
The Iceman Cometh. Eugene O’Neill, title of play 1946
During her maiden voyage to New York City a glancing blow with an iceberg started a chain reaction that was to lead to a catastrophe few thought possible. Titanic: Anatomy of a Disaster, Discovery 1997
In the collision the Titanic’s hull plating had been pierced by the iceberg ... There was damage in all of the first six compartments. ibid.
Fourteen years before, this book came out: it told of the largest ship afloat, rich and famous characters, a collision with an iceberg, a sinking and not enough lifeboats. The ship was called The Titan. Strange But True? ITV
The ice warnings were an irritating interruption. Timewatch: Myths of the Titanic, BBC 2002
The iceberg has sliced clean through five water-tight bulkheads. ibid.
Why wasn’t the iceberg seen earlier? Titanic Conspiracies with Bernard Hill, 2012
Collins believes it wasn’t haze but a stretch of pack ice four miles away. ibid.
A weather front with near freezing winds pushed a giant ice field towards the ship. ibid.
It was over in just 160 minutes. ibid.
Edward Wilding suggested that Titanic sank not because the iceberg created a large gash but because it made a series of relatively tiny slits. ibid.
Wim Hof: they call him the Iceman ... ‘I got attracted to the water with a layer of ice on it ... it’s beautiful ... Inner fire: exercised by monks in the Himalayas ... I could do it too.’ Strange Rituals s1e4: Altered States, H2 2016
He climbed the slopes of Mount Everest wearing only shorts to an altitude of 22,500 ... A new world record for cold endurance ... The Iceman holds thirteen world records. ibid.
It’s the coldest, windiest, driest, and most desolate landscape on the planet with few permanent residents except penguins and seals. This frosty continent appears locked in a perpetual ice age. Secrets Beneath the Ice, Eden 2016
90% of all the ice in the world. ibid.
The ice is melting both in Antarctica and the Arctic. ibid.
Have Antarctica’s ice-sheets ever collapsed before? ibid.
Less precipitation than the Sahara. ibid.
The powerful drill bores down over three-quarters of a mile bringing up twelve feet of core at a time. Each foot averaging a thousand years of climate history. ibid.
There’s ten times as much ice in the east than the west. ibid.
These are the Dry Valleys – cold, barren, and except for a few scientists almost completely devoid of life. ibid.
David: You are on very thin ice.
Andy: Vanilla. The Office US s9e16: Moving On, NBC 2013
‘They call me the Ice Man.’ Wym is a world record holder in enduring extreme cold … Wym Hof can spend nearly two hours in ice. Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston’s Casebook II, BBC 2017
Frederic Tudor, a wealthy Bostonian … Tudor’s attempts to bring ice to the South end up landing him in a debtors’ prison … Tudor’s problem is how to move ice around without it melting. How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson, BBC 2018
Ice that’s thousands of years old is dripping and pouring away. The Americas with Simon Reeve I, BBC 2019