This is REALLY a beautiful photo.

Now you know why the Titanic sank.

This photograph came from a Rig manager for Global Marine Drilling in St. John, Newfoundland.

They actually have to divert the path of these things away from the rig by towing them with ships.

In this particular case the water was calm and the sun was almost directly overhead so that the diver was able to get into the water and click this picture.

They estimated the weight at 300,000,000 tons


Latest news I have received regarding this photo.

From: "Peter Bowen"


November 2003 14:21

Subject: Iceberg Photo on your website

Dear Headmaster Slater,

Your website http://dovergrammar.co.uk/Gems/geography-iceberg.htm is misleading and contains a fake!!!
You really should research your information before posting information which is not true.
Origins: Charming story, but this picture is actually an image called 'The Essence of Imagination," marketed by Successories, the "premiere source for motivational media."

This image was produced in 1999 by Ralph A. Clevenger, a professional nature and underwater photographer who is also a member of the faculty of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. As Mr. Clevenger explained, this image is not a single photograph but a composite of four different photographs (not all taken in the same place):

The iceberg image is a digital composite that I designed to illustrate the concept of "what you see is not necessarily what you get". As an underwater photographer I knew that my "vision" of what a big iceberg looks like was impossible to get in reality so I had to create it. The image exists in nature but due to water visibility is not possible to capture on film.

There are 4 separate images involved; the sky, the background, the top iceberg (shot in Antarctica), and the underwater iceberg (shot above water in Alaska and flipped in the final composite).

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I also received an Email from Jason Ellis saying:-


7th Feb 2004

I just wonder why you have this fake iceberg picture on your site for everyone to see.  It is a fake picture that you are falsely claiming to be real.  Why must people go on the internet and see images and stories that seem to be real but are fake.  You are setting a terrible example by doing this and should remove the image immediately.
Jason Ellis
Here is the link to find out the truth about the picture.


Well, thanks for the above information, as you can see, I haven't removed it, but have updated the information so that it is no longer misleading. 7th Feb 2004.