Giant iceberg blocks Commonwealth Bay in Antarctic

Giant iceberg blocks Commonwealth Bay in Antarctic

Credit: Australian Government

Giant iceberg blocks Commonwealth Bay in Antarctic

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on December 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM

If you're planning a trip to the Antarctic, a giant iceberg may put a snag in your travel plans.

The iceberg, known as B9B and about 60 miles long, has drifted into Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica and is blocking sea access, reports Reuters.

The giant iceberg has forced an Australian Antarctic team to abandon a pilgrimage to their base in an isolated area of the continent at Cape Denison.

The giant block of ice is also thwarting tourist expeditions to the region. Six tourist cruise ship voyages had planned to visit historic huts established by famed Antarctic explorerer Douglas Mawson on the bay's shore at Cape Denison, reports The Canberra Times.

Cape Denison is the windiest sea-level location on earth. The highest recorded gusts there have reached 185 mph.

A second expedition from the Australian government is confident they will overcome the giant iceberg obstacle and send a team to Cape Denison for a Mawson's centenary event in January 2012.

More info here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/icebridge/news/fall11/pig-break.html

Research by KING 5's Gary Chittim and Liza Javier.

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