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Summer in Alaska
by David Bailey
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Ah, my pride and joy. Alas it doesn't quite fit on the scanner. This iceberg -- broken off from the glacier running into Portage Lake near Anchorage -- glistened beautifully once the sun finally shone through the thick clouds looming in the background. During summer, a berg like this will float around in the lake for a few weeks before melting. The deep blue color of the ice, I learned, is due to a lack of O2, which gets compressed out by the great weight of the ice above.