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2005-03-19 09:20:00

ESA -- Envisat radar imagery confirms that the B-15A iceberg "“ the world's largest floating object "“ is adrift once more after two months aground on a shallow seamount. This latest development poses a renewed threat to the nearby pier of land-attached ice known as the Drygalski ice tongue. The sheer scale of B-15A is best appreciated from space. The bottle-shaped Antarctic iceberg is around 120 kilometres long, with an area exceeding 2500 square kilometres, making it about...

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2005-02-03 07:23:14

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- U.S. ships have delivered food, fuel and equipment to Antarctic science bases, despite fears they would not be able to pass through the ice pack formed behind the world's largest iceberg, officials said Thursday. A fuel tanker and cargo ship, following a 94-mile path cut by icebreakers through up to 10-feet-thick ice, has reached a pier in McMurdo Sound, U.S. National Science Foundation spokesman Arthur Brown said. The ice pack was nearly double its normal...

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2004-12-28 08:31:01

NASA -- What happens when the largest floating thing on the planet crashes? We might find out in a couple of days. NASA satellites have witnessed a 100-mile-long iceberg near McMurdo Research station move like a battering ram toward Drygalski Ice Tongue. "It's a clash of the titans, a radical and uncommon event," says Robert Bindshadler, a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and if the two giant slabs of ice collide, we could see one of the best demolition derbies on the...

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2004-12-14 07:37:38

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A remnant of the largest iceberg ever recorded is blocking Antarctica's McMurdo Sound, threatening tens of thousands of penguin chicks with starvation and cutting off a supply route for three science stations, a New Zealand official said Tuesday. The iceberg, known as B15A, measures about 1,200 square miles, said Lou Sanson, chief executive of the government scientific agency Antarctica New Zealand. He called it "the largest floating thing on the planet right...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.