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Large icebergs headed toward New Zealand coast

More than half-a-mile thick!

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5 Nov 06 - A flotilla of 100 icebergs drifting towards New Zealand 
could come within a few kilometres of the coast, says Dr. Paul Augustinus,
Auckland University glacial geomorphology lecturer. The icebergs are 
currently 260km (156 miles) from the coast and up to 2km (1.2 miles) long. 
The major icebergs in the group are more than one kilometre deep. 
(More than half-a-mile thick!)

Mike Williams, physical oceanographer at the National Institute of Water 
and Atmospheric Research, said the icebergs would most likely come within 
50km (30 miles) of the coast.

Williams said the icebergs could present a major hazard to shipping in the 
area, and sea captains would have to be in constant contact with Maritime 
New Zealand. "If you got near one of those groups, it could be quite a 
hazard."

And they're lucky anyone knew about them at all. The icebergs were 
overlooked by scientists, and it wasn't until a fishing boat reported them 
five days ago that anyone knew about them.

See more of this article from the New Zealand Herald :
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/search/story.cfm?storyid=0002A8BB-6E19-154C-AC8783027AF1010E
Thanks to Pat Donley in New Zealand for this info


See also
Another iceberg sighting -12 Nov 06
See Another New Zealand Iceberg

 



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