Posted By RichC on November 20, 2006
According to New Zealand news reports, an iceberg was spotted from shore yesterday for the first time in 75 years. Some of the giant blocks of Antarctic ice were visible from Dunedin on the South Island, but all have recently moved away being driven by wind and current. The 100 plus ‘bergs’ in New Zealand waters have become tourist attractions prompting entrepreneurs to market helicopter and airplane flights. The trips take passengers close to the beautiful blue and white ice … some even landing on the huge floating islands.
Although icebergs have been spotted in the waters surrounding New Zealand before, this years icebergs are farther north than in previous years. The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research indicated that a series of southern storms probably pushed icebergs north farther than usual; scientists have been reluctant to blame global warming.