This photo shows an amazing discovery. With the effects of the warming temperatures, archaeologists now can dig up all sorts of things, such as this Celtic artifact – a rough carving of what looks like a human. According to the archaeologist Pierre Yves Nicod – the curator archaeological department of the history museum in the Canton of Valais – this wooden carving dates to the Iron Age.
The ice has done a great job of preserving it, as it is almost in mint condition. It also shows that for a great part of human history, we have had the tools to do all kinds of things like wood carving. Not bad for our Iron Age relatives.
Now, when you think of a winter wonderland, this image comes to mind. A world covered in soft, milk-white, fluffy snow and the morning dew, frozen, forming delicate crystals of ice. And while such a description conjures up ideas of fantasy and imagination, this picture is proof that there are such things as a winter wonderland.
What we see here is a tree with its tiny seeds and twigs frozen in time. While they may be frozen seeds and twigs, they actually look like Christmas decorations giving us the impression of a truly white Christmas. Who knows, perhaps frozen decorations will become a thing in the future?
A Throwback From the Past
Sometimes, the most interesting things have been preserved in ice. This photo was taken on October 8, 2020, in Sion in, Switzerland. In the photo, we see Pierre Yves Nicod holding a very old shoe. It is certainly nothing anyone would have worn in the last 100 years. Nicod is the curator of the archaeological department of the history museum.
Working with archaeological evidence from the Canton on Valais is one of the curator’s jobs. As we see from this photo, he is holding a shoe that dates to the 17th century. That is incredibly old, but the ice does a great job of preserving such archaeological evidence so professionals such as Nicod can dig deeper into the past.
We’re not exactly sure how an insect could be frozen because it typically takes several hours – 3 to 4 hours at least – to freeze something. Unless this poor creature was trapped and could not get out in time. While it is sad that the poor insect did not escape this layer of freezing water, it is one of the most perfect frozen specimens. We are either looking at a spider wasp or a water strider.
It is probably the latter, as you might expect a water strider who was doing its thing to be frozen and eventually preserved in ice. As said, the creature probably became trapped and eventually succumbed to the elements. Just another interesting thing found in ice.
Who would have known that chunks of ice can get together in gangs and wreak havoc on the world around them? Well, this photo is proof of the vandalism and hooliganism of these gangs of ice. What we are looking at here is a photo taken back in 2012 of the Danube, specifically in Zemun of Belgrade in Serbia. During February 2012, Europe was hit by a particularly aggressive Artic cold front.
The important river/waterway, the Danube, was frozen over, but as you can see, these chunks of ice appeared on the surface and tended to lay waste to everything in their path, including houseboats, barges, and boats. While there may be no ice syndicate, this photo shows ice can be immensely destructive.