Icebergs Drift Toward New Zealand

Over 100 floating chunks headed north from Antarctica
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2009 10:35 AM CST
An iceberg is seen at Sandy Bay on Macquarie Island's east coast, between Australia and New Zealand.   (AP Photo/Australian Antarctic Division, Eve Merfield)
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(Newser) – A rare flotilla of icebergs is slowly drifting toward New Zealand from Antarctica. Shippers have been warned that more than 100 giant chunks of ice are in the area. Experts believe most of the icebergs will break up before they hit the coast. Enterprising Kiwis are arranging helicopter tours to take visitors to view the icebergs, the closest of which is 160 miles off the southeast coast.

"It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” one tour operator tells the Times of London. "They are all different. Some have ponds, some have waterfalls, and the color of the ice is a beautiful turquoise. It's something that is out of this world."

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