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Why is this giant iceberg in Newfoundland attracting tourists?

Newfoundland is well-known for its icebergs, but tourists are flocking to a small town on Canada’s most easterly province to see a particularly large one that is providing a dramatic vision at present. While hundreds of icebergs detach from their thawing moorings in Greenland annually and begin to float south down the east coast of Newfoundland, this one is particularly large and is causing an international sensation.

The Ferryland Iceberg
The Ferryland Iceberg Image by AJ Smith Photography on Facebook

According to Canada’s CBC News, the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland saw a huge surge in visitors this week, all keen to photograph the giant iceberg. It is estimated that it is 150 feet tall at its highest point, and local mayor, Adrian Kavanagh, says its the biggest one he has ever seen around the area. Icebergs are a common sight in this area and a number float by on a daily basis, but the sheer size of this has even impressed the locals.


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This part of Newfoundland is nicknamed “Iceberg Alley” due to the number of icebergs that drift through from the Arctic each year, but this latest one appears to be grounded and may remain in place. Experts believe that unusually strong counterclockwise winds may be luring the icebergs south, and global warming has also been linked to the increase in their numbers. The icebergs are often locked into sea ice, and can last until late spring or early summer.

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