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A Massive Iceberg Just Broke Off Of Antarctica (The Size of Chicago)
Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2013 | Denise Chow

Posted on 07/11/2013 9:24:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

A massive iceberg, larger than the city of Chicago, broke off of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier on Monday (July 8), and is now floating freely in the Amundsen Sea, according to a team of German scientists.

The newborn iceberg measures about 278 square miles (720 square kilometers), and was seen by TerraSAR-X, an earth-observing satellite operated by the German Space Agency (DLR). Scientists with NASA's Operation IceBridgefirst discovered a giant crack in the Pine Island Glacier in October 2011, as they were flying over and surveying the sprawling ice sheet.

At that time, the fissure spanned about 15 miles (24 km) in length and 164 feet (50 meters) in width, according to researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven, Germany. In May 2012, satellite images revealed a second rift had formed near the northern side of the first crack.

"As a result of these cracks, one giant iceberg broke away from the glacier tongue," Angelika Humbert, a glaciologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, said in a statement.

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: antarctica; globalwarming; iceberg
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1 posted on 07/11/2013 9:24:11 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I bet the murder rate is lower, though...


2 posted on 07/11/2013 9:24:56 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hopefully headed toward Kalifornia or New York


3 posted on 07/11/2013 9:25:30 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder if you are allowed to carry a gun on it?


4 posted on 07/11/2013 9:25:40 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sure this has happened for ages...


5 posted on 07/11/2013 9:25:41 AM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeekAndFind

6 posted on 07/11/2013 9:26:42 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. I’m sure this has never happened before, in the history of the world.


7 posted on 07/11/2013 9:28:06 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: MrB

Looks a lot whiter than Chicago.


8 posted on 07/11/2013 9:28:12 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: DonaldC

I bet it was spectacular. I wonder if it made much of a wave.


9 posted on 07/11/2013 9:28:16 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (sue the DNC for the IRS abuse! Can RICO laws be used against the DNC?)
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To: SeekAndFind

10 posted on 07/11/2013 9:28:39 AM PDT by massmike (At the heart of every Paul-bot argument is the fear that someone will keep them from their weed!)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Cleaner, too, I bet.


11 posted on 07/11/2013 9:29:15 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Fightin Whitey

Wonder if it needs a junior senator ?


12 posted on 07/11/2013 9:29:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: SeekAndFind
I hope Antarctica does not tip over, like what happened to Guam...
13 posted on 07/11/2013 9:30:10 AM PDT by Magnum44 (I have had just about enough)
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To: MrB

Yup iceberg big as Chicago would have a lower crime rate. My thoughts exactly


14 posted on 07/11/2013 9:30:33 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Wiggins

On a Chicago iceberg, only the criminals are allowed to carry guns.


15 posted on 07/11/2013 9:32:35 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can only imagine the tsunami-sized wave that was created when this thing broke off.</sarc>


16 posted on 07/11/2013 9:32:58 AM PDT by tpmintx (Gun free zones are hunting preserves for unarmed people.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Are we all going to die?


17 posted on 07/11/2013 9:33:10 AM PDT by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: SeekAndFind

It could be the perfect source of water for cities in the desert. No?


18 posted on 07/11/2013 9:34:16 AM PDT by slouper (LWRC M6A2)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

This also means the iceberg can be bribed into going back to sea if the right alderman gets a cut.


19 posted on 07/11/2013 9:36:17 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: slouper

Here I was thinking “Tequila and mix” to go with all that ice and salt.


20 posted on 07/11/2013 9:36:24 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (We say "low-information" but we mean "low-intelligence")
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To: SeekAndFind

Al Gore did it!


21 posted on 07/11/2013 9:37:03 AM PDT by bkaycee (John 3:16)
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To: SeekAndFind
Sounds like the plot of the cheesy direct-to-video film Titanic II. On the 100th. anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a recreation of the ship, ordered by a tycoon, sets off on it's maiden voyage in reverse course (New York to London). Along the way the effects of Global Warming cause an iceberg to break away from Greenland and slam INTO THE SHIP, thus sinking it again in the same spot.
22 posted on 07/11/2013 9:37:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Magnum44
I hope Antarctica does not tip over, like what happened to Guam...

I wonder if Hank Johnson and Shela Jackson Lee cross check each others work.

23 posted on 07/11/2013 9:37:07 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: TurboZamboni

The right alderman to pay off ? Jerry “The Iceman” Butler.


24 posted on 07/11/2013 9:39:24 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: SeekAndFind

OK, way to get my hopes up. My first thought was that CHICAGO had broken off and sank into Lake Michigan...curses, foiled again...


25 posted on 07/11/2013 9:41:10 AM PDT by RonInNaples
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To: listenhillary
Are we all going to die?

Naw, just the Polar bears in the Arctic.

26 posted on 07/11/2013 9:41:13 AM PDT by Slyfox (Without the Right to Life, all other rights are meaningless.)
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To: tpmintx

Go to bing maps and zoom out as far as you can. Look at the size of Chicago and then look at the size of the Antarctic. It’s like a piss ant in the Lake Michigan. Hardly news worthy unless you have a Global Warming Agenda.


27 posted on 07/11/2013 9:42:20 AM PDT by jumperbones (The memories of a man in his old age, are the deeds of a man in his prime.)
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To: Steely Tom

The Southern Hemisphere sea ice area is well above the 1979-2008 average. The Northern Hemisphere sea ice area is down by about the same amount, so the world’s sea ice volume (in square kilometers) is right at the 30 year average for the control period, despite what we’ve been hearing about the “vanishing” sea ice.


28 posted on 07/11/2013 9:43:12 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind

wish it was Chicago.

DC.

California.

Boulder Co.


29 posted on 07/11/2013 9:43:33 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Wonder if it needs a junior senator?

Tanned, rested & ready!

30 posted on 07/11/2013 9:45:42 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: SeekAndFind

The iceberg which is Chicago has successfully sunk the balance of the state of ILL-ANNOY which has failed in Titanic proportions.


31 posted on 07/11/2013 9:46:16 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: SeekAndFind

They should tax us more, so stuff like this doesn’t happen again in the future. We could have been hurt. /s


32 posted on 07/11/2013 9:48:43 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: SeekAndFind
A brand new baby iceburg? Leftist extremists didn't abort it? Amazing!
33 posted on 07/11/2013 9:51:58 AM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: DonaldC
I’m sure this has happened for ages...

Yeah, pretty much.


34 posted on 07/11/2013 9:53:02 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: SeekAndFind

Will whales be seen swimming though downtown Manhattan....?


35 posted on 07/11/2013 9:55:27 AM PDT by Popman
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Sounds like the plot of the cheesy direct-to-video film Titanic II. On the 100th. anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a recreation of the ship, ordered by a tycoon, sets off on it's maiden voyage in reverse course (New York to London). Along the way the effects of Global Warming cause an iceberg to break away from Greenland and slam INTO THE SHIP, thus sinking it again in the same spot.

Ping to watch!

36 posted on 07/11/2013 9:55:40 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("...Someone handed the keys to the Forum to the OPC and its sympathizers...")
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To: Wiggins

LOL


37 posted on 07/11/2013 9:58:36 AM PDT by angcat
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To: SeekAndFind

“TerraSAR-X”

Wasn’t this one of those cheesy SciFi 50’s movies?


38 posted on 07/11/2013 10:01:38 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: Slyfox

And that is why PETA will petition Congress to spend a gazillion dollars to “fix” the problem.


39 posted on 07/11/2013 10:02:18 AM PDT by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Did any penguins drown?


40 posted on 07/11/2013 10:05:42 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bush’s fault . . .


41 posted on 07/11/2013 10:08:52 AM PDT by airborne (MY HEROES DON'T WEAR CAPES. MY HEROES WEAR DOG TAGS ! ! !)
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To: FreeAtlanta
I bet it was spectacular. I wonder if it made much of a wave.

Probably not at all. This end of the glacier is already floating in the water. The crack slowly grew larger over months as the support from the water was essentially the same on both sides of the crack.

42 posted on 07/11/2013 10:08:54 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind

The size of Chicago? ... great, there will be 72 shootings and 15 deaths on the iceberg this weekend.


43 posted on 07/11/2013 10:10:46 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That’s a great idea!

Call it “Another Night To Remember”

this time Leonardo DiCaprio is the first one to go down!


44 posted on 07/11/2013 10:15:23 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: slouper
It could be the perfect source of water for cities in the desert. No?

If you ever taste melted glacier, you would understand, NO!

Think of thousands of years collecting dust, bird poop, etc trapped in that ice, compressed down.

On glacier tours in Alaska, they scoop up some floating in Prince William Sound, wash it off with fresh water, put it on a platter with an ice pick. They invite to to chop some off to taste.

I could barely swallow with it in my mouth. If you are old enough to remember Alum being used for medicinal purposes, you know what it tasted like.

45 posted on 07/11/2013 10:16:02 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: SeekAndFind

Should I be scared? What do the talking heads on The Weather Channel say? Is Jim Cantore there to report?


46 posted on 07/11/2013 10:18:55 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: JennysCool

That ship looks unsinkable.


47 posted on 07/11/2013 10:22:57 AM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

maybe our brilliant feral goobermint can declare it a national park.


48 posted on 07/11/2013 10:26:13 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: TurboZamboni

I bet the baseball is better....


49 posted on 07/11/2013 10:44:39 AM PDT by Youngman542012
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To: TurboZamboni

I guess Alien vs Predator 2 will be filmed somewhere else.


50 posted on 07/11/2013 10:49:32 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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