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She Posed for a Pic on an Iceberg. Then It Began to Float Away

77-year-old Judith Streng was rescued by a boat captain in Iceland

(Newser) - "My grandmother almost got lost at sea in Iceland today lmaoooo" isn't a tweet you typically see on Twitter, but one young lady felt compelled to share the photos of her grandma drifting away into the ocean while perched on a throne-shaped iceberg. The Washington Post reports on... More »

This Iceberg Looks a Little Unusual

NASA takes image of a rectangular iceberg believed to have come from Antarctic ice shelf

(Newser) - As far as icebergs go, this one is oddly perfect. NASA has shared a photo of a rectangular iceberg floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, its flat top and straight edges appearing so exact as to suggest Mother Nature used a saw, per CTV News . The BBC explains that... More »

Greenland Villagers Flee as Giant Iceberg Approaches

The giant hunk of ice could cause flooding as it approaches the town of Innaarsuit

(Newser) - A huge iceberg heading for a tiny Greenland town has sent villagers fleeing. Per Newsweek , the berg is so big it found itself lodged on the sea floor just beside the town of Innaarsuit, where the around 170 residents fear flooding could occur as chunks fall into the sea. The... More »

$50K Iceberg Contest Leads to 'Flabbergasting' Response

All it takes is an algorithm for analyzing satellite data

(Newser) - Crowdsourcing has been used to help make everything from movies to music recordings, and now it just might help figure out how best to avoid icebergs. The Centre for Cold Ocean Research Engineering and Norwegian energy company Statoil recently kicked off the Iceberg Classifier Challenge to find an "algorithm... More »

So Just How Big Is That New Iceberg?

Comparisons aplenty, but no consensus on whether climate change is culprit

(Newser) - Welcome, iceberg A68 . The trillion-ton chunk of ice broke off from an Antarctic ice shelf at some point over the last few days and is now officially its own entity. If "trillion-ton" is a little hard to grasp (more on that below), just know that the long-expected breakaway means... More »

One of the World's Biggest Icebergs Just Broke Off

The chunk from Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is in top 10

(Newser) - The world has a new iceberg, and it's believed to be one of the 10 biggest in history. A huge chunk of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has finally broken off, reports the BBC . A satellite spotted the break on Wednesday, and it probably wasn't difficult:... More »

Antarctica About to Lose 1 of Biggest Icebergs Ever

A 124-mile-long ice crack grew more than 10 miles over just 6 days

(Newser) - Experts say one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history—it would be about the size of Delaware—is "very close" to separating from Antarctica, USA Today reports. According to the BBC , a 124-mile-long crack on the Larsen C Ice Shelf grew more than 10 miles over just six... More »

Town Suddenly Dwarfed by Massive Iceberg

The iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland is 150 feet at its tallest

(Newser) - A small town on the coast of Newfoundland is—in the words of one local—suddenly "swarming with people" after a huge iceberg recently set up shop there, the CBC reports. The iceberg—150 feet above the water at its tallest point—got stuck in the shallow waters off... More »

Patrol Tasked With Saving Ships Issues Iceberg Warning

Some 450 icebergs were floating near the Grand Banks of Newfoundland

(Newser) - An unusually large swarm of icebergs has drifted into North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week, forcing vessels to slow to a crawl or take massive detours. Experts tell the AP that unusually strong counter-clockwise winds are drawing the icebergs south, with the US Coast Guard's International Ice... More »

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Clings to Shelf by 'a Thread'

It's expected to break off Larsen C within months

(Newser) - A chunk of ice the size of Delaware is clinging to an Antarctic ice shelf by "a thread" that could snap at any moment and create one of the 10 largest icebergs ever recorded, researchers say. Following the collapse of the nearby Larsen A ice shelf in the Weddell... More »

Photo, Note About Titanic Iceberg Emerge

They're both going up for auction

(Newser) - A photo of what could be history's deadliest iceberg is up for auction after spending nearly a century on a wall in the offices of the law firm that represented the Titanic's owners. There are other photos in existence of the iceberg believed to have sunk the huge... More »

Antarctic Iceberg Is 6 Times Size of Manhattan

Could pose shipping problems in Antarctic winter

(Newser) - Last year, a huge chunk of ice broke off of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica—and an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan was born. Dubbed B31, the iceberg "is now well out of Pine Island Bay and will soon join the more general flow in the Southern... More »

Study Sinks One Titanic Iceberg Theory

1912 wasn't a year packed with huge crop of icebergs

(Newser) - The year the Titanic sank wasn't one with "an enormously large crop of icebergs" as has long been believed, according to new research. Researchers who analyzed Coast Guard data going back to 1900 found that 1912 had a relatively large but by no means exceptional number of icebergs... More »

Titanic-Sinking Glacier Hits Record Speed

Greenland ice movement is bad news for sea levels

(Newser) - The glacier that spawned the iceberg that sank the Titanic isn't deliberately trying to send thousands more people to watery graves—but it couldn't be doing much better if it was. Researchers say that as the Arctic warms, Greenland's Jakobshavn glacier has become the fastest-moving glacier in... More »

Crazy Video Captures Glacier Tsunami

Boat nearly capsizes in video shot by Jens Møller

(Newser) - Greenland native Jens Møller snagged some incredible video on a recent trip to a glacier, when a huge chunk broke off into the ocean and produced a frighteningly large wave that nearly capsized the boat he was on. Fortunately, Møller's uncle had already started steering the 18-foot... More »

Optical Illusion Helped Sink Titanic

Mirage kept ship from seeing iceberg in time, getting help, says researcher

(Newser) - Why exactly did the Titanic plow into that deadly iceberg? New research argues that an optical illusion played a big role. As the theory goes, atmospheric conditions generated a phenomenon known as "super refraction," explains Smithsonian Magazine . This bending of lights can create mirages, and it had a... More »

Rogue Iceberg May Alter Global Circulation

Luxembourg-sized chunk from area where dense water forms

(Newser) - An iceberg the size of Luxembourg is floating free in the waters north of Antarctica, jarred loose by the impact of another iceberg—and it’s so big it could change the water movements at the root of global weather patterns. The area around the Mertz Glacier generates much dense,... More »

Icebergs Drift Toward New Zealand

Over 100 floating chunks headed north from Antarctica

(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... More »

Giant Iceberg Floats Toward NZ

Chunk of Antarctica spotted unusually far north

(Newser) - A gigantic iceberg drifting unusually far north has been spotted by Australian researchers off an island south of Tasmania. The chunk of ice, 2,300 feet long and 1,000 feet deep, is floating toward New Zealand and could pose a danger to shipping when it splits into smaller chunks.... More »

Antarctic Ice Shelf Crumbles

Scientists say global warming has made huge Wilkins Ice Shelf unstable

(Newser) - A huge ice shelf in the western Antarctic has become unstable and is beginning to fracture into icebergs, the Telegraph reports. Images from space show that the Jamaica-sized Wilkins ice shelf has lost 270 square miles of ice in recent weeks. Scientists expect the "fragile and vulnerable" shelf to... More »

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