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This is a big chunk of ice - Scraps & Stitches
This is a big chunk of ice
A Manhattan-sized chunk of ice is drifting towards the coast of Canada - providing a stunning sight for tourists, but posing a potentially serious threat to shipping.

The 20-square-mile chunk of ice broke off a glacier in Greenland nearly a year ago and is headed towards the Newfoundland coast.

It was formed when a 97-square-mile chunk of ice broke off the Petermann Glacier on August 5, 2010, possibly due to warming of the Atlantic Ocean.

The ice island - at roughly 6.2 miles long and 3.1 miles wide the largest single chunk remaining from the massive parent chunk - has been winding its way through Arctic waters ever since.

In the past few days, it has been moving south at a rate of 5 to 6 miles per hour.

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vamysteryfan From: vamysteryfan Date: July 24th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is one huge chunk of ice! It will be a problem in the shipping lanes for sure.
justmej From: justmej Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least it's big enough to see.
caarianna From: caarianna Date: July 24th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Another example of the climate change -- Greenland's ice shield is breaking up along with the ice in the arctic. Hard to imagine a slab of ice six miles long!
justmej From: justmej Date: August 3rd, 2011 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Six miles long, but how deep.
caarianna From: caarianna Date: August 3rd, 2011 02:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not sure anyone knows, but the typical iceberg only shows one seventh above the water. It's just run aground in the mouth of a Newfoundland harbour.
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