'Monster' iceberg shedding hundreds of offshoots

A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan is headed for Australia's southwestern coast, threatening shipping lanes in the Pacific. The "superberg," called B17B, is roughly 1,000 miles off the coast of Australia and headed for warmer waters, where it will likely break up into many small pieces. The 'berg broke off the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica in 2000, and has been floating in the cold waters of the Pacific until recently, when ocean currents and weather conditions nudged it north. Australia's Bureau of Meteorology issued a shipping alert Friday after the iceberg was seen off the country's southwestern coast. Several other icebergs have been spotted near New Zealand in recent weeks, but none was as big as B17B, which 87 square miles in area -- is about double the size of Sydney Harbor. Australian media quoted a glaciologist who said if the iceberg crashed into the continental shelf, it would cause a magnitude three to four earthquake. But it will probably disintegrate into a flotill

'Monster' iceberg shedding hundreds of offshoots

An island-sized iceberg is breaking up as it drifts closer to Australia, producing hundreds of smaller slabs spread over a massive area of ocean, experts said Monday.

Mon 14 Dec 09 from Phys.org

Giant iceberg spotted south of Australia

A monster iceberg has been spotted drifting towards Australia in what scientists Wednesday called a once-in-a-century event.

Wed 9 Dec 09 from Phys.org

Iceberg the Size of a City Off the Coast of Australia

NASA images show iceberg B17-B adrift off the Southwestern coast of Australia.

Thu 17 Dec 09 from U.S. News

Ginormous Iceberg Threatens Australia

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology issued a shipping alert Friday after a massive iceberg was spotted 1,100 miles off the country's southwestern coast.

Fri 11 Dec 09 from FOXNews

Largest Iceberg Seen in a Century Now Floating Toward Australia

A massive iceberg twice the size of Manhattan is headed for Australia's southwestern coast, threatening shipping lanes in the Pacific. The "superberg," called B17B, is roughly 1,000 miles ...

Fri 11 Dec 09 from Popular Science

Giant iceberg off Australia breaking up

SYDNEY (AP) -- A massive iceberg edging slowly toward Australia's southwestern coast is breaking up into hundreds of smaller icebergs as it drifts into warmer waters, creating potentially hazardous ...

Mon 14 Dec 09 from AP

Giant iceberg off Australia breaking up, Mon 14 Dec 09 from AXS

Australian Iceberg Breaking Up

The giant iceberg, known as B17B, is gradually breaking up into smaller pieces as it drifts northeast from Antarctica towards Australia.The 140 square kilometer block of ice has now reduced ...

Mon 14 Dec 09 from RedOrbit

Huge Iceberg Floating Towards Australia

Image 1: Satellite image of iceberg south west from West Australian coast. Taken November 9, 2009Image 2: Satellite image of iceberg south west from West Australian coast. Taken November 5, ...

Wed 9 Dec 09 from RedOrbit

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