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A giant iceberg runs aground in Newfoundland’s Iceberg Alley

This iceberg is the first iceberg of the season to float by Ferryland, a small village in Newfoundland… and then it became stuck. Rising above the water by 15 stories and descending into the depths by an unknown amount—The New York Times reports that what’s above water “is only about 10 percent of its mass”—the huge iceberg is a striking spring sight for locals, tourists, photographers, and filmmakers. NL Aerial Productions captured the view from the air, as seen above. Some background from NPR:

Watching icebergs is a Newfoundland tradition, and Ferryland bed-and-breakfast owner Maxine Dunne can see this iceberg outside her window. She tells NPR’s David Greene that she and her husband, Charlie, have seen some pretty large icebergs over the years because they live along what is known as “iceberg alley,” for the frequency with which icebergs float by after breaking off of glaciers on Greenland or in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.

“But this is I would say certainly the highest iceberg that we’ve ever seen,” she says. It’s considered a “large” iceberg, which range between 150 feet and 246 feet above water, according to Scott Weese, a senior ice forecaster with the Meteorological Service of Canada.

This TRT World video reports that icebergs have been spotted early this year. “They don’t normally see this many until May or June when the region celebrates the coming of spring with its annual iceberg festival.”

Related reading: Glacier vs. Iceberg. Plus, via NPR: Iceberg info – Shape, Size and Colour from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Next, watch Icebreaker Boats: Breaking Ice on the Hudson River, Ice calving, Holgate Glacier at Kenai Fjords, Alaska, and Alaskan Kayaking Adventure: New Lives in the Wild.

Bonus from National Geographic: How the Titanic sank, a CGI animation.

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