Dark Tourism in Iceberg Alley: The Hidden Ecological Costs of Consuming Iceberg Deaths

  • Anita LamEmail author
  • Matthew Tegelberg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Crime, Media and Culture book series (PSCMC)


As a death row for icebergs, Iceberg Alley is a site where melting icebergs are transformed into nonhuman death spectacles for sightseeing tourists and into bottled luxury water for sophisticated consumers. By examining how vibrant, icy nonhumans are produced for and consumed by tourists, this chapter investigates iceberg consumption as an emerging criminal anthroposcene, one shaped by dark tourism, as well as a desire for natural purity. Off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, icebergs are hunted and devoured in ways that conceal the environmental costs of their cultural commodification, even as those costs are contributing to an escalation of the ecological harms on display.


Iceberg Alley Bottled water industry Taste Dark tourism Commodification of eco-cide Purity Vibrant matter Carbon footprint Symmetry Climate change 


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