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calendar   Saturday - July 30, 2011

A Bigger Punchline

... and the old joke concludes “and she slapped her hands together and said “I TOLD you not to park the truck in front of the house!!”



Iceberg, Dead Ahead!



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Massive iceberg blocks the town’s harbor : “Big Berg Blocks Boats”

An impressive iceberg arrived in Newfoundland’s Goose Cove in mid-July. “Icebergs float in from Greenland,” said the photographer, Gene Patey. This one briefly blocked the town’s harbor before breaking apart and melting, “but the fishermen took their chances.”

The Northern Peninsula’s international reputation as ‘Iceberg Alley’ continues to grow as more than a dozen gargantuan blocks of ice float down from Greenland. The largest, a chunk calved from the Petermann Ice Glacier, is yet to appear around the tip of Newfoundland however it was last seen off Battle Harbor on the Southern Labrador coast, yesterday.

A few miles away in St. Anthony, the icebergs are coming down in droves. Locals are making some quick summer money taking tourists out to see them. It’s a very good year for icebergs. Goose Cove and St. Anthony are towns on the northern end of the island of Newfoundland, which sits at the east end of the Bay of St. Lawrence where the St. Lawrence River empties into the sea. Maine, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia lie to the southwest, Labrador to the north. St. Anthony bills itself as the “iceberg, whale, and moose capital of the world”, and locals report that there was still snow on the ground as of last month; “it has been a cold summer thus far”. That isn’t too much of a surprise; the ice cold Labrador Current runs along the south side of the island, keeping the warmer Gulf Stream current far out to sea. And the continental shelf is quite abrupt there, so it is possible that the iceberg in the picture is not shelved, but floating.

That same Labrador Current should push the icebergs into the waters off the coast of Maine in another month or less, assuming they don’t all melt on the way as they usually do.

More interesting stuff in the same neighborhood: Did you know that Canada is less than 16 miles away from France? Seriously. You can take a ferry back and forth. Within the “12 mile circle” is the tiny island of St. Pierre. This is not a territory of France but an actual part of France, even though the area is called “Collectivité territoriale de Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon”. They use the Euro as currency, they have their own time zone, their electricity is 220v just like in France. They probably only have one shower on the whole island, just like France.

I leave it to you to debate why this summer is such a great one for icebergs. These ones come down from Greenland. Climate change, higher thermal activity from the Greenland hotspots, just random fluctuation, more seismic activity causing more calving, Eskimos being naughty with crowbars, etc?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2011 at 01:36 PM   
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