Ice to Meet You: Newfoundland Sees First 'Berg of Season

Ice to Meet You: Newfoundland Sees First 'Berg of Season

Ice to Meet You: Newfoundland Sees First 'Berg of Season

As the Iceberg Alley nickname suggests, it is reportedly common to see giant chunks of ice floating by the very-eastern coast of Newfoundland, but the commonality makes the current scene no less grand. They sleep. And sometimes, they welcome the arrival of colossal, 10,000-year-old icebergs passing through on a springtime jaunt.

It's been a busy season for icebergs so far, with 616 already having moved into the North Atlantic shipping lanes compared to 687 by the late-September season's end previous year.

The small Canadian town has a prime view of Iceberg Alley - so called because from spring to September, many icebergs break off in the Arctic and float down past the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, said The Independent.

Nevertheless, the phenomenon provides for some spectacular photos.

Iceberg viewing in Ferryland, on Newfoundland's Southern Shore brought traffic on the highway to a halt as people stopped to take in the spectacle.

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"It's the biggest one I ever seen around here", mayor Adrian Kavanagh told the Canadian Press.

"It's a huge iceberg and it's in so close that people can get a good photograph of it", he said during a phone interview.

More than 400 icebergs have drifted into the North Atlantic shipping lanes over the past week.

The early arrival and abundance of icebergs has caused concern for some scientists and observers, as experts have attributed the early bergs to strong counter-clockwise winds or possibly to climate change. Those kinds of numbers are usually not seen until late May or early June. That's compared to an average 212 icebergs during that period in a typical year.

For better or for worse, the large iceberg that popped up near Newfoundland over the weekend could be there to stay.

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