"Huge Ice Island Could Pose Threat To Oil, Shipping"

"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 been a summer of near biblical climatic havoc across the planet, with wildfires, heat and smog in Russia and killer floods in Asia. But the moment the Petermann glacier cracked last week - creating the biggest Arctic ice island in half a century - may symbolize a warming world like no other."

Rob Gillies reports for the Associated Press August 11, 2010.

SEE ALSO:

"Coast Guard Ice Patrol: Huge Iceberg 'Probably' No Concern" (New London Day)

"Arctic Ice Island 'Poses No Immediate Threat'" (AFP)

"Giant Iceberg Drifting Toward Canada Could Threaten Ships, Oil Platforms" (Postmedia News)

"Massive Ice Island Will Probably Break Up, But It Could Still Be a Threat" (Canadian Press)

 

Source: AP, 08/12/2010