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"Giant iceberg B17B heading toward Australia"

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posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 02:40 AM
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Did a search and couldn't find another post, but just found this in Brisbane's 'Courier Mail'




A GIANT iceberg bigger than Sydney Harbour is drifting north from Antarctica towards Western Australia, scientists have revealed.

The 140 square kilometre iceberg, which is 19km long by 8km wide and known as B17B, was spotted by Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist Neal Young using satellite images taken by NASA and the European Space Agency.

Dr Young said the iceberg is about 1700km south-south-west of the West Australian coast and moving north with the ocean current and prevailing wind.
“B17B is a very significant one in that it has drifted so far north while still largely intact. It’s one of the biggest sighted at those latitudes, now 48.8º S and 107.5º E” he said.

“As the water warms up the iceberg is slowly breaking up, resulting in hundreds more smaller icebergs in the area,” he said.

B17B calved from the eastern end of the Ross Ice Shelf nearly ten years ago.

www.news.com.au...

[edit on 10-12-2009 by bkaust]




posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:31 AM
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Pretty cool! I wouldn't be too worried about it crashing into our coastline or anything it's still a long way out and will very probably melt before it gets to us - but wow wouldn't that be a sight to see if it did huh?



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:48 AM
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They were reporting this on ABC news this morning. Fascinating stuff! One can only wonder if an iceberg that large holds any secrets that will sadly end up at the bottom of the ocean or as shark food... and no one any the wiser.

B17B - 4th From The Right


IRM



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 03:56 AM
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You've got me thinking of some Atlantean ship or something, long held captive by the ice, melting and sinking to the bottom of the ocean never to be discovered. It's actually making me feel a little depressed lol. My overactive imagination sometimes gets the better of me



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 04:09 AM
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Originally posted by InfaRedMan
They were reporting this on ABC news this morning. Fascinating stuff! One can only wonder if an iceberg that large holds any secrets that will sadly end up at the bottom of the ocean or as shark food... and no one any the wiser.

B17B - 4th From The Right


IRM

Thanks for adding that pic! B15B looks like an absolutle monster in comparison to some of them!



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 05:19 AM
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Originally posted by bkaust
B15B looks like an absolute monster in comparison to some of them!


no doubt!
WOW


in regard to B17B, 10 years is a long time! i didn't realize they could take that long to melt.



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 05:55 AM
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Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by InfaRedMan
 


You've got me thinking of some Atlantean ship or something, long held captive by the ice, melting and sinking to the bottom of the ocean never to be discovered.


You know the saying... "Stranger Things Have Happened At Sea".


IRM

[edit on 10/12/09 by InfaRedMan]



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 05:57 AM
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I had a dream not long ago about seeing some disaster involving icebergs. The weird thing was that I wasn't in the dream, it was other people I was observing. They were rowing boats through it or something.



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:11 AM
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Hmmmm... don't go out on a boat in any case Nventual! That may have just been your disembodied spirit looking on! Perhaps you already drowned in the drink?

IRM



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:24 AM
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If that hits Australia, will we sink?


That is freaking massive.
I wonder how far it will get.



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:26 AM
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Maybe not sink, but it'll put a bloody great big dent on our nice beachline finish



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:27 AM
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hahaha i was more thinking when/if it gets close enough we would be waiting for the first tour company's or whoever to allow helicopters to charge people to fly over it and 'experience the iceberg for only $400 each' or something along those lines!
i'm sure somewhere someone's already planning to make money off it!



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:28 AM
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Originally posted by atlasastro
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I wonder how far it will get.


We should start a pool.....

50 bucks says it makes it about halfway.



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:41 AM
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I often go into a company that organizes tours to Antarctica via Chile called Aurora Expeditions, here in Sydney. I think they'll be chartering ferries from Adelaide soon, when this thing gets close.
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Kryties, I'll take that Fifty on and back it to make it 3/4 of the way.

Now we need Foxsports, and the TAB to give us live updates, odds, and some commentary.



[edit on 10/12/09 by atlasastro]



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:47 AM
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Hehe I just had a funny thought - if we could get enough bet money together we could charter a boat, buy some supplies and cruise over to the iceberg. There, we shall set up camp, declare ourselves an independant sovereignty, plant a flag and call up our new mates over at Sealand and invite them over for a barbie!

There goes my overactive imagination again.....

[edit on 10/12/2009 by Kryties]



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 06:48 AM
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haha well there you go! You will have to let us know if you find out once this thing gets closer!



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 07:06 AM
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Sealand


Genius.



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 07:12 AM
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Originally posted by Kryties
reply to post by atlasastro
 


Hehe I just had a funny thought - if we could get enough bet money together we could charter a boat, buy some supplies and cruise over to the iceberg. There, we shall set up camp, declare ourselves an independant sovereignty, plant a flag and call up our new mates over at Sealand and invite them over for a barbie!

There goes my overactive imagination again.....

[edit on 10/12/2009 by Kryties]


Haha i love it! We need to get cracking on making a flag now then!



posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 07:22 AM
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That's one BIG hockey rink .! .... complete with circling sharks ,
... and everyone's the wiser .

Are B1 & B2 steering it ? Just what we need . More vitamin K




posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 07:52 AM
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I’m hoping it hits Perth..... finally that city will get what’s coming to it. Lol

God I hate that place.

Very interesting thread though, will be interesting to see how far it actually gets.

Mikey




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