Iceberg four times the size of Manhattan drifting across Arctic Ocean

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The Associated Press Thursday, August 12th 2010, 4:00 AM

Satellite image shows an iceberg breaking off the Petermann Glacier in Greenland.


STOCKHOLM – An island of ice more than four times the size of Manhattan is drifting across the Arctic Ocean after breaking off from a glacier in Greenland.

Potentially in the path of this unstoppable giant are oil platforms and shipping lanes – and any collision could do untold damage.

In a worst-case scenario, large chunks could reach the heavily trafficked waters where another Greenland iceberg sank the Titanic in 1912.

“It’s so big that you can’t prevent it from drifting. You can’t stop it,” said Jon-Ove Methlie Hagen, a glaciologist at the University of Oslo.

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