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    Now, this is an Iceberg...

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    When scientists talk about Icebergs, you don't really think about ones that are the size of a small country...

    Major Iceberg Cracks off Pine Island Glacier : Natural Hazards

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    Ah, finally broken loose. There was speculation about it before winter.

    These events happen every few years and often they are much larger than this one. They are being used by the AGW crowd to somehow mask the fact that the Antarctic is growing - since satellite imagery started in 1979, the Antarctic has been growing steadily, year by year. You don't hear about it because it kinda ruins the whole AGW image they like to tout.

    These 'islands' break off due to pressure from ice further inland; some have been 3 times the size of this one. The ice 'slides' down the slope because pressure forms a liquid layer between the ice and the land under it, making it like a friction free ramp. Eventually it gets enough sea under it that the weight 'cantilevered' out over the depths forces the ice to break off.

    They do seem to have been happening, or more likely being reported, more often, but if so, that is a sign of the growth of the ice further inland, and not of warming.

    Would have been nice if they'd planted a camera or two there so we could see the event in real time. Must be awesome watching the sudden rift appear.

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    It's always fun to watch these monster bergs wander around.

    As the sea ice around Antarctica continues to thin expect to see more and more of these large bergs roaming around.

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    You don't hear about it because it kinda ruins the whole AGW image they like to tout.
    The growth of Antarctic sea ice is no secret. Nor does the increase counter, let alone ruin, the scientific proof of global warming: NASA - Opposite Behaviors? Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks, Antarctic Grows

    The global warming naysayers like to use the expansion of the Antarctic sea ice to claim global warming is all a fraud while ignoring the same scientists statements that Antarctic's land ice is shrinking at a much faster pace than the sea ice is increasing: http://climate.nasa.gov/news/242


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    Mr. Palmer had better keep his eye on that one.

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    And now we know why the 'berg was sailing away!

    The coldest place on Earth has been measured by satellite to be a bitter minus 93.2 Celsius (-135.8F).

    Even by the standards around here that's COLD!!!


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    Yeah I saw that JP...

    Blows the mind at how cold that is; don't want to even imagine it....

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