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Old 05-18-05, 10:14 AM
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Wild Iceberg Tears up Antarctica (includes cool pictures)

A huge wandering iceberg is tearing up the Antarctic like a slow-moving bull in a frozen China shop.

The roaving destructor, named B-15A, slammed into the Drygalski ice tongue a month ago and broke off at least two city-sized chunks. Now it is poised to strike another feature sticking out from the continent.
At 71 miles (115 kilometers) long, B-15A is the largest free-floating object in the world.

It is expected to lumber into the Aviator Glacier any day now, scientists with the European Space Agency said Tuesday. The researchers released a satellite image taken May 16.

Aviator was discovered in 1955 and named for flyers who helped open up the continent for exploration. The floating structure is attached to the continent and protrudes about 15 miles (25 kilometers) into Lady Newnes Bay within the Ross Sea.

If B-15A gets stuck, as it has before, researchers fear it could block sea ice behind it, thwarting animals that need to move from shore to the open sea.

B-15A is the largest chunk left of a bigger iceberg, known as B-15, that broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000. That initial frozen hunk was about the size of Jamaica. After B-15 broke apart, the chunk named B-15A drifted into McMurdo Sound, where it blocked ocean currents and caused other sea ice to build up, threatening wildlife.

Scientists predicted an imminent collision back in January this year. Instead, the iceberg ran aground and stalled out. Then it broke free in March. On the move again, it collided with the Drygalski ice tongue in April, forcing the redraw of Antarctica maps.


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That's a big ice cube!
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Has anybody yet considered roving iceberg leper colonies or prisons?
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looks lik something you would find under a microscope
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Thats freaking huge. 71 miles long.
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Wow. That's huge.



Red = New York City (Manhattan is the thin strip up top).

Blue = Rhode Island



As far as the thread title? Includes "cool" pictures?

*groan*
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As long as it doesnt disturb the underground pyramid . . . we should be ok.
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Originally Posted by skiblet
As long as it doesnt disturb the underground pyramid . . . we should be ok.
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I'm gonna love u like a snow storm baby. I'll give you 8-10inches and u wont be able to leave the house for like 2-3 days.
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What does the planet Krypton have to do with this?
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I was hoping for pictures of lettuce.
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I always feel sorry for the penguins when I hear about this thing. What if you were a penguin and your family was on one side of the piece that broke off and you were on the other? Man, that would suck.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid



What does the planet Krypton have to do with this?



It will destroy us all, you can count on that.
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anybody up for a sno-cone or a Slushie?
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Originally Posted by The Bus
Wow. That's huge.

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Red = New York City (Manhattan is the thin strip up top).

Blue = Rhode Island



As far as the thread title? Includes "cool" pictures?

*groan*
Nice (will.not.say.cool.) layover, it really helps put the size in to perspective. Did you do that yourself or find it somewhere?
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"It's an iceberg the size of Texas, Mr. President. And it's coming straight for us."

....Coming next Summer. Jerry Bruckheimer Presents a Jerry Bruckheimer Presenation of a Jerry Bruckheimer Film. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Ok, so is there any way we can drag this thing over to the coast of California so they can shut the hell up about the drought and let people water their lawns again?

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Nice (will.not.say.cool.) layover, it really helps put the size in to perspective. Did you do that yourself or find it somewhere?
Did it myself. This iceberg (B-15A) is a small fragment of a huge iceberg called B-15 which broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in 2000. Apparently B-15 was the size of Jamaica...

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"It's an iceberg the size of Texas, Mr. President. And it's coming straight for us."
....at 3 inches per year!!!!

And in his movie, Bruckheimer will blame global warming.
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Ok, so is there any way we can drag this thing over to the coast of California so they can shut the hell up about the drought and let people water their lawns again?

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Yes, there is. However, it would need the talents of Tony Scott, John Frankenheimer, and Michael Bay. Just a wild guess, but it would include the lips of Liv Tyler, sucking on one side of B15A, while massive tug boats pull on her legs.
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Yes, there is. However, it would need the talents of Tony Scott, John Frankenheimer, and Michael Bay. Just a wild guess, but it would include the lips of Liv Tyler, sucking on one side of B15A, while massive tug boats pull on her legs.



Btw, what did you think of today's weather?!? Holy crap, I thought I was going to need a boat to go check my mail.
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Tell me about it. As my luck would have it, I sold a cd on eBay, and had to go down to the post office during this rainstorm. I think cars sold in Oregon and Washington need special wiper modes. For cars in Portland, we would have, of course, "Portland Mode".
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Tell me about it. As my luck would have it, I sold a cd on eBay, and had to go down to the post office during this rainstorm. I think cars sold in Oregon and Washington need special wiper modes. For cars in Portland, we would have, of course, "Portland Mode".
No kidding! Would that "Portland Mode" include the option of displaying an "I drive like an idiot" sign?!?

We just had another down pour here about 5 minutes ago. It was raining so hard that my gutters couldn't hold all the water and we ended up with some little waterfalls, all around the house. I'm gonna go buy me a boat....
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Don't get me started on the dumbasses and how they drive.
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Man, this has got to piss the hippies off big time. Big iceberg screwing up the Antarctic with no concern about the natural environment there.
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