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    Default Iceberg ahoy!

    Iceberg on its way to our shores
    4:00AM Sunday Nov 08, 2009
    By Heather McCracken


    Scientists on Macquarie Island watched this huge iceberg floating past. Photo / Tessa Bickford

    A massive iceberg spotted southwest of New Zealand could be moving closer.

    The iceberg was seen by Australian scientists working on Macquarie Island, who estimated it to be 500m wide and 50m high.

    NIWA oceanographer Mike Williams said it was unusual to see icebergs in that part of the Southern Ocean.

    "The only precedent for icebergs being seen that far north is the one that came through in November 2006," he said.

    The 2006 iceberg, which broke off the Ronne Ice Shelf, came within 90km of the Otago coast. Sightseeing flights were arranged to view the iceberg.

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    Icebergs coming en masse
    4:00 AM Tuesday Nov 24, 2009

    More than 100 Antarctic icebergs - and possibly even hundreds of them - are floating towards New Zealand.

    An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist, Neal Young, said yesterday that the ice chunks, spotted in satellite photos, had passed the Auckland Islands and were heading towards the South Island, 450km northeast.

    He said more than 100 icebergs - some more than 200m across - were seen in just one cluster, indicating there could be hundreds more.

    Dr Young said they were the remains of a massive ice floe which split from Antarctica in rising sea and air temperatures resulting from global warming.

    - AFP

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