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NASA Scientists Find Perfectly Rectangular Iceberg in Antarctica

Photograph by NASA NASA scientists recently spotted a perfectly rectangular iceberg floating among sea ice just off of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. They added that the iceberg’s sharp angles and flat surface indicate that it probably recently calved from the ice shelf. In an interview with Live Science, NASA scientist Kelly Brunt explains: We get two types of icebergs: We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know…

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Timelapse Shows 10 Billion Tons of Ice Calving Off a Glacier in Greenland

On June 22, 2018 a team of scientists from NYU captured an iceberg the size of Manhattan calving off the Helheim Glacier in Greenland over a duration of 30 minutes. The four mile wide, one mile across, and half mile thick chunk of ice weighed roughly 10 billion tons. According to an article in National Geographic: This event in itself isn’t necessarily a harbinger of climate doom. “Calving happens,†says Kristin Poinar, a glaciologist from the University of Buffalo. “Ice isn’t a good building material—you could never build a skyscraper…

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Fishermen Think They Found A Seal Floating On An Iceberg, Then They Take A Closer Look

Fishermen Mallory Harrigan, Cliff Russell and Allan Russell were out a few miles off shore from Labrador, Canada recently when they came across something quite extraordinary. Something was atop a small, mushroom-shaped iceberg, drifting helplessly out to sea, and it wasn’t a creature designed for swimming. It was a starving and terrified Arctic fox, wet through and under attack from circling seagulls. Knowing that the poor fox was doomed to a terrible fate, Mallory and her crew-mates decided that they had to intervene and do what they could to try…

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Lunatic Rides Inflatable Pizza Slice Off 300 ft Iceberg in Greenland

The National Geographic Team recently completed a gruelling 6 week expedition to Southeast Greenland and celebrated with crew member Ethan Pringle sending it off a huge iceberg on an inflatable pizza. The mission saw Mike Libecki climb the hardest route in the country up an unnamed mountain; a burly first ascent on uncharted terrain. On the long boat ride back to Tasiilaq, Ethan Pringle wasn’t done with “firsts” and decided to ride an inflatable pizza slice down a 300 foot iceberg, launching into the icy Arctic water below. [via Nat…

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