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Icebergs now near Timaru
Dominion-Post (New Zealand) ^ | Thursday November 23 2006 | None ascribed

Posted on 11/22/2006 11:30:53 AM PST by Brian Allen

Fishing boats are reporting icebergs off the Timaru coast.

Two fishing boats - the Nidaro and the Amber Wave - have reported seeing icebergs heading north.

Nidaro skipper Blendon Laurie did more than report sightings of icebergs - he got up close enough to take a piece home to show the kids.

An iceberg appeared on the horizon while the boat was about 60 kilometres out from the Timaru coast.

"We saw it on the horizon, and weren't sure what it was, but then we saw it was an iceberg."

Mr Laurie estimated the iceberg was about 30 to 45 metres high and a good 45m across.

"It's not something you'd like to hit."

AdvertisementAdvertisementThirty to 40 smaller icebergs - some as big as the 20m Nidaro, were floating along behind the main iceberg.

"We got half a mile away from one, we went right in for a look."

The icebergs are moving in a north to north-west direction, heading toward the peninsula, and travelling at about one nautical mile (1.85km) an hour.

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research oceanographer Mike Williams said that the biggest iceberg sighted off the Timaru coastline was estimated at 45m high, 61m wide and 30m long.

"They're not going to be as spectacular as the ones off Dunedin, but having said that, it is close. It's unprecedented to have them this far up."

The last time icebergs were reported off New Zealand's coast was in the 1930s.

Dr Williams said it was likely those reported off the Dunedin coastline also made their way north to Timaru.

This week's sightings were estimated to be at least 30km to 40km from the coast, but Dr Williams said some of the smaller icebergs might come in closer.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: climatechange; globalwarming; greenhousegas; meltingice
<< The last time icebergs were reported off New Zealand's coast was in the 1930s. >>

During the last period of "global warming," no doubt?

1 posted on 11/22/2006 11:30:56 AM PST by Brian Allen
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To: Brian Allen

Better watch it down there, shaggs. Them thar melt 'round your parts 'n you're likely to be swummin' to work!


2 posted on 11/22/2006 11:32:11 AM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: shaggy eel

Whoops.

Better watch it down there, shaggs. Them thar melt 'round your parts 'n you're likely to be swummin' to work!


3 posted on 11/22/2006 11:32:46 AM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Brian Allen

It snowed in central Florida last night. Next thing we know, cats and dogs will be sleeping together.


4 posted on 11/22/2006 11:35:20 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Brian Allen
Bush's Fault!!
5 posted on 11/22/2006 11:36:26 AM PST by Talking_Mouse (wahhabi delenda est)
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To: Brian Allen
The last time icebergs were reported off New Zealand's coast was in the 1930s.

Does anyone know what George W. Bush and Karl Rove were up to back then?

6 posted on 11/22/2006 11:37:29 AM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: Brian Allen

Too many icebergs? Global Warming.

Too few icebergs? Global Warming.


7 posted on 11/22/2006 11:37:49 AM PST by SengirV
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To: Brian Allen

We better get serious about global warming and melt those buggers before there's another Titanic.


8 posted on 11/22/2006 11:38:36 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Voted Free Republic's Most Eligible Bachelor: 2006. Love them Diebold machines.)
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To: Brian Allen

Not to worry:

High-resolution studies of North Atlantic deep sea cores demonstrate that prominent increases in iceberg calving recurred at intervals of 2000 to 3000 years, much more frequently than the 7000-to 10,000-year pacing of massive ice discharges associated with Heinrich events. The calving cycles correlate with warm-cold oscillations, called Dansgaard-Oeschger events, in Greenland ice cores. Each cycle records synchronous discharges of ice from different sources, and the cycles are decoupled from sea-surface temperatures. These findings point to a mechanism operating within the atmosphere that caused rapid oscillations in air temperatures above Greenland and in calving from more than one ice sheet.

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/267/5200/1005


9 posted on 11/22/2006 11:40:03 AM PST by AdmSmith
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To: SengirV
Too many icebergs? Global Warming. Too few icebergs? Global Warming.

Global Warming is clever that way.

10 posted on 11/22/2006 11:41:16 AM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: Brian Allen
<< The last time icebergs were reported off New Zealand's coast was in the 1930s. >> During the last period of "global warming," no doubt?

No no. This is global cooling heading north.

11 posted on 11/22/2006 11:44:36 AM PST by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Brian Allen

It's just about summertime down under, eh?


12 posted on 11/22/2006 11:48:27 AM PST by D-Chivas
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To: Brian Allen

Just think of the money you could make selling all that melted iceberg to the yuppies. Gourmet water.


13 posted on 11/22/2006 11:55:32 AM PST by mutley
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To: SIDENET

I'm sure the Dems have an explanation of why this is attributable to global warming... Probably along the lines of "The icecap in Antarctica is breaking up" or something like that.


14 posted on 11/22/2006 12:00:53 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Brian Allen

"Fishing boats are reporting icebergs..."


That seems like a bigger story than the icebergs. I did not even know that a fishing boat could talk.


15 posted on 11/22/2006 12:02:07 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: DaveLoneRanger

ping


16 posted on 11/22/2006 12:03:03 PM PST by bkwells (Liberals=Hypocrites)
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To: JRios1968
Does anyone know what George W. Bush and Karl Rove were up to back then?

They were obviously playing with their weather/time machine.

17 posted on 11/22/2006 12:07:38 PM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: frogjerk
They were obviously playing with their weather/time machine.

Of course!

18 posted on 11/22/2006 12:09:25 PM PST by JRios1968 (Tagline wanted...inquire within)
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To: SIDENET

ICE BERGS?

I wonder if the Titanic passengers were the first victims of Global Warming?

In the end, it was poetic justice I guess. Imagine the CO footprint of the Titanic. I shudder to think! Thank god it went down!


19 posted on 11/22/2006 12:11:01 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: PA-RIVER
Imagine the CO footprint of the Titanic. I shudder to think! Thank god it went down!

LOL!

20 posted on 11/22/2006 12:14:46 PM PST by SIDENET (Everybody was kung-fu fighting)
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To: Brilliant

I read just yesterday that undersea volcano's are likely responsible for warming waters in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans. There is one particularly hot volcano in the Antartic... could that be behind the calving ice?


21 posted on 11/22/2006 12:15:45 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Brilliant

<< That seems like a bigger story than the icebergs. I did not even know that a fishing boat could talk. >>

Pretty darned crafty, them Kiwi fishin' boats!


22 posted on 11/22/2006 12:26:14 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Brian Allen


This isn't news - helicopter pilots are already taking tourists for explorations.

saw it on Fox 2 nights ago.

sp


23 posted on 11/22/2006 12:45:57 PM PST by sodpoodle (I have no idea how I got here - but I like it and I plan to stay.)
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To: Arizona Carolyn

A little known fact, but Volcanos are caused by deep sea Oil well drilling.

The oil lubricates the shifting tectonic plates, thereby reduceing earthquake activity, heat, and magma buidup.

But Krakatoa exploded before "Big Oil" came to be?

Thats when we had "Little Oil" , or what is also known as Whale Oil. Whales served the same purpose, lubricating the earths shifting plates when they died and sank into the sea floor.

Once we have a Communist government the planet should cool off to a perfect temp, as perscribed by Algore.


24 posted on 11/22/2006 1:10:56 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Brian Allen

Take a glass of water and put an ice cube in and then mark the glass where the water level is at. After the ice cube melts you will notice that the water level hasn't changed from its orginal level.


25 posted on 11/22/2006 1:29:30 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: Irisshlass

Congratulations. Keep that up and you'll be almost smart enough to be Polish in your next life.


26 posted on 11/22/2006 3:02:59 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Irisshlass
Globalwarming worshippers will try to harm you if you keep pronouncing facts that clash with their dogma. The GW cultists say that if the Arctic ice cap melts the world will be flooded alll the way to the peak of Everest and HOW DARE you challenge them!

There was even an article recently with some clown wanting to make it a "hate crime" to be a "Global Warming Denier".

Which only betrays how dangerous these whack-jobs really are.

27 posted on 11/22/2006 3:06:33 PM PST by PeterFinn (Support the Troops by supporting their mission.)
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To: sodpoodle

<< This isn't news - helicopter pilots are already taking tourists for explorations.

saw it on Fox 2 nights ago. >>

You sound like a TV watcher.

Two days ago the bergs were at Dunedin, of the Otago coast and Dunedin helicopter operators were carting dawks for gawks.

Now they're 120 miles north, abeam Timaru, off the Canterbury coast.

That's news.


28 posted on 11/22/2006 3:08:44 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Brian Allen

Rove should stop sulking in the corner of his room and go turn that durned weather machine off, pronto!


29 posted on 11/22/2006 3:10:23 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Stop global warming - tell a liberal to shut up)
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To: PeterFinn

<< "Global warming" worshippers .... >>

You'll find precious few of those around here. FR's boards are frequented only by conservatives. Conservatives have brains.


30 posted on 11/22/2006 3:12:37 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Brian Allen

I was Polish in my previous life..what is your excuse?


31 posted on 11/22/2006 6:15:10 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: PeterFinn

I agree..Alot of scientists are ticked off..it is political now.


32 posted on 11/22/2006 6:17:14 PM PST by Irisshlass
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To: Brian Allen

They are floating north from the south pole, does this indicate global warming or global cooling? (I am so confused)


33 posted on 11/22/2006 6:20:03 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Brian Allen

One of our manatees managed to make his way from Florida, up the Mississippi to Memphis, TN. Unheard of.

Whatever it is maybe it's contagious. Sounds like your icebergs got it.


34 posted on 11/22/2006 9:11:48 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (What's the one elected position Ted Kennedy has never held? Designated Driver.)
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To: Ditter

<< They are floating north from the south pole, does this indicate global warming or global cooling? (I am so confused) >>

I believe it indicates they are floating north from Antarctica. Nothing much more.

(Except that they were perhaps either a bit bigger than usual to begin with and/or that the ocean's a bit colder than usual)


35 posted on 11/22/2006 11:55:46 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Ditter

<< They are floating north from the south pole, does this indicate global warming or global cooling? (I am so confused) >>

I believe it indicates they are floating north from Antarctica. Nothing much more.

(Except that they were perhaps either a bit bigger than usual to begin with and/or that the ocean's a bit colder than usual)


36 posted on 11/22/2006 11:58:30 PM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Irisshlass

HeHeHe ....

oI'm still oIrish -- Brian Boru of the Bog of Allen! (First cousin of dear departed "Dave")


37 posted on 11/23/2006 12:00:34 AM PST by Brian Allen ("Moral issues are always terribly complex, for someone without principles." - G K Chesterton)
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To: Brian Allen

I'm not departed yet.


38 posted on 11/23/2006 9:49:39 AM PST by B4Ranch (Illegal immigration Control and US Border Security - The jobs George W. Bush refuses to do.)
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To: Brian Allen

,,, the tinkle of ice at sunset, off the coast of... Timaru. Keep it cool all the way up the coast to Castlepoint Brian and give me a yell. I'll be ready with the whitebait net.

"Ocean Patriot" is off the coast of New Plymouth drilling a 3600m hit at a probable oil deposit right now and that doesn't happen too often around here either.

39 posted on 11/26/2006 1:09:22 AM PST by shaggy eel
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