Berg!

An iceberg ran aground over Easter weekend just off the small Newfoundland town of Ferryland, population 465, drawing knots of tourists eager to catch a glimpse.  Some are locals or travelers who happened to be nearby, but many are a special Canadian breed, the iceberg chaser — People who flock to the coasts of Labrador and Newfoundland at this time of year hoping to see the huge frozen chunks of broken glacier that drift by on a stretch of sea known as Iceberg Alley.

The berg at Ferryland rises about 15 stories above the waterline — and that is only about 10 percent of its mass. Some of the submerged ice comes into view when the berg is seen from above…

The stunning view that is causing traffic jams of onlookers on the coast road is actually a snapshot of the iceberg’s death throes, 15,000 years in the making. What began as snowflakes falling on Greenland during the last ice age has crept to the sea in a glacier and then broken off, probably sometime in the last three years, to float slowly out into Baffin Bay. Bumped and nudged by one another and by melting pack ice, the bergs eventually get caught up in the southbound Labrador Current and sail down Iceberg Alley.

~ Dan Levin, excerpts from a story in the NY Times, April 20, 2017

Don’t miss the full story and other fantastic photographs by Jody Martin here: A Chunk of the Arctic Stops By for a Photo Shoot

Comments

  1. Wow!!

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  2. I feel the need to swear

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  3. This is so amazing! 🙆

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  4. Amazing – and so damn sad. No global warming? Ha.

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  5. imagine seeing that and all that it means, firsthand-

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  6. Massive! Can’t be good that’s happening??

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  7. At this rate it’ll be by you in another year. And that is fast in iceberg speed.

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  8. So amazing! I wonder what would I do if I can observe it around my house 🙂

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  9. I want to see this so so much!

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  10. While being breathtakingly beautiful, it is a heartbreaking sign of the earth’s changes…

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  11. I bet they have a cool breeze coming off the water.

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  12. Would be quite something to see.

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  13. Christie says:

    “Stunning View” such an understatement! I’ve never heard these two phrase before, “the iceberg chaser” and “Iceberg Alley” those phrases open up to me another person’s interesting perspective…///My husband has spoken of the Ice break-ups along the Little Missouri River and how spectacular the event was to witness, the sight, the sounds, the encompassing temperature…

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  14. How very interesting. Thanks for the post.

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  15. WoW.

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  16. 600 already, that is quite sad actually. But still an amazing view.

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