Gigantic ice island inching closer to gigantic rock island

Speaking of climate change, an enormous 62.5-square kilometre island of ice known as PII-A, is now 160 kilometres northeast of Cartwright and 380 kilometres north of St. Anthony. The island broke off from the Petermann Glacier near Greenland last August, and has slowly been making its way towards Newfoundland ever since. There are no official counts on the seal population on the island, but visual pictures suggest it is considerable. The ice mass, once broken up, should provide Newfoundlanders and tourists with an abundance of ice bergs this summer to gawk at, and a wealth of material to use in waters, wines, vodkas, and beers.

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