More proof of global warming: Rare iceberg spotted off New Zealand

By | November 13, 2009

AUSTRALIA-Iceberg.jpgAustralia is known for sunny beaches, surfers, and blistering Outback heat. The iceberg was about five miles of the island when it was spotted last week So scientists were a bit taken aback when they spotted this giant iceberg floating near an island Down Under.

Australian Antarctic Division researchers were working on Macquarie Island when they first saw the iceberg last Thursday about about five miles off the island. It is rare to see an iceberg floating so far north of Antarctica, researchers said.

Macquarie Island is about halfway between Antarctica and Australia, some 930 miles from Tasmania.

The iceberg is about 160ft (50m) high and 1,640ft (500m) long.

It is probably part of one of several larger icebergs that broke off Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf between 2000 and 2002, said Neal Young a glaciologist with AAD.

Several icebergs have been drifting slowly northward with the ocean current toward the island over the past year, but it is uncommon for them to move so far into warmer northern waters, he said.

The scientists believe the iceberg will break up and melt rapidly as it continues its journey north. Before it melts, however, it could present a danger to ships navigating the region, Young said.

In 2000, several massive icebergs broke off from Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf and the Ronne Ice Shelf.

The first iceberg was about 190 miles (300 kilometres) long and 23 miles (37 kilometres) wide. Those icebergs are now drifting away from Antarctica.

Adrift: The journey taken by the iceberg

via More proof of global warming: Rare iceberg is spotted off Australia | Mail Online.

4 thoughts on “More proof of global warming: Rare iceberg spotted off New Zealand

  1. Chris Zimny

    This article was taken from somewhere else, and you forgot to include this part:

    “But Professor Jonathan Bamber, from Bristol University, said icebergs the size of Wales can break off the Antarctic and it is too early to say if it is caused by climate change.”

    1. Xeno Post author

      I left this out because I found the statement too easily open to misinterpretation. Icebergs can break off but they don’t unless there is a reason. Name an alternative reason for an iceberg to break apart besides warming?

      One study said better detection of icebergs, but the person doing that study at the same time said that the study does not refute global warming and regarding the collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf that “scientists have clearly shown… that event was the result of localized warming.”

      I could be wrong, but if I had to bet on it, I’d say global warming is real and man made and ClimateGate is a Fabricated Scandal by the military industrial complex which wants to maintain a highly destructive and highly profitable business model.

  2. Don in Nawlins

    Icebergs have been breaking off Antarctica for thousands of years, some bigger than this. When a glacier pushes out into the ocean, eventually the warmer summer waters cause it to separate. To suggest “global warming” as the cause is rather naive.

    1. Xeno Post author

      Don,

      Why do you believe that icebergs have been breaking off Antarctica for thousands of years? AFAIK, humans have only monitored ice levels for about the last 35 years. Am I missing some important data?

      Global warming is like hypnotizing a lizard. If you ever get really hungry you can catch a lizard if you move toward it, then away, then a little closer, then away. Lizards are not aware enough to understand an average decrease in your distance from them, until you are within striking distance, and then … POW!

      Here is an interesting comparison of both sides of the debate: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/climate-change-deniers-vs-the-consensus/

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