Massive Icebergs Approaching New Zealand

More than 100 icebergs are approaching the south coast of New Zealand. The icebergs, which were first tracked 900 miles away, are now only approximately 200 miles away. The largest one is thought to be a third of a mile wide, 165 feet tall and with a total thickness of almost a quarter mile.

While the event is creating havoc for cruise and shipping lines, as well as fishermen, it’s a temporary boom for the tourism industry, with tourist flocking via helicopter rides to see the mammoth icebergs.

The event however, is short-lived, as the icebergs move into warmer waters, only the largest icebergs are thought to last 6 to 8 weeks.

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Posted on November 25, 2009, in Antarctica and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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