We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is “Bergy Seltzer”?

Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

You may be familiar with Alka-Seltzer's iconic jingle, “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh, what a relief it is,” which refers to the fizzing and bubbling that occurs when the tablet is placed in water and releases carbon dioxide-filled bubbles.

“Bergy seltzer,” on the other hand, is a term you're less likely to have come across. Although the phrase sounds like it should belong to a rock band or beach bar, "bergy seltzer," also known as ice sizzle, is defined as the sound of air bubbles breaking away from melting glaciers and icebergs, a crackling or sizzling sound similar to that made by soft drinks or seltzer water.

Air bubbles in glaciers form when pockets of air are trapped by snow crystals and gradually become increasingly compacted under the weight of the snow. When the snow turns into ice, the air bubbles, distributed evenly throughout the ice, become pressurized. When the pressure becomes too much, these air bubbles break away, causing the crackling and popping sound known as bergy seltzer.

With the ever-increasing threat of climate change, researchers can study ice sizzle to monitor fast-changing polar environments. Scientists can also set up devices to record how glaciers and icebergs melt in response to seasonal changes, weather events, and long-term climate trends.

Bergy bits and growlers:

  • Around ninety percent of an iceberg lies below the surface of the water.

  • "Bergy bits" and "growlers" refer to small pieces of floating ice. They may originate from glaciers or large icebergs that have broken up.

  • Most of the world's icebergs are found near Antarctica. The US National Ice Center (USNIC) monitors icebergs worldwide and provides global ice forecasts and analyses. They track and name all Antarctic icebergs larger than 5,400 square feet.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Link to Sources
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.