Iceberg alley – Ysbergstraat

Wat ‘n belewenis en aanskoulike toneel moes dit nie vir gaste en eienaars op hierdie eilandgroepe, die tiende provinsie van Kanada, naamlik Newfoundland en ook Labrador gewees het om soveel ysberge te kan waarneem nie.  Sommige is so naby, mens kan bykans daaraan raak.   Dis egter groot en stuur soms op rampe af.


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Mens kan nie anders as om terug te dink aan skepe soos die Titanic wat met ‘n soortgelyke of selfs groter ysberg moes bots en vinnig daarna gesink het nie.  Het die bemannings van al die skepe wat gesink het, geweet waarmee hul te doen het?

Om so naby so ‘n groot ysberg te wees moet ‘n ervaring wees.   Hul stadige bewegings kom letterlik verby die inwoners wat ‘n paar honderd, of duisende meter of selfs kilometer van hulle beweeg.   Die gedeelte word ook as die Ysbergstraat (steeg) beskou.   Dit is ‘n natuurlike wit skip wat uiteindelik saam in die see verdwy, letterlik opsmelt.

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One can not help but think back to ships like the Titanic that had to collide with a similar or even larger iceberg and sank quickly afterwards. Did the crews of all the ships that sank know what they were dealing with?

Being so close to such a huge iceberg must be an experience of a lifetime. Their slow movements literally pass the inhabitants or residents, who move a few hundred, or thousands of meters or even kilometers from them and their houses. The section is also considered the Iceberg Street (alley). It is a natural white ship that eventually disappears into the sea together, literally melting.    Fresh waters mixed with salt waters.

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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.

Charlie, a crab fisherman, estimates it’s about a half-mile from their house. In photos, the iceberg dwarfs the houses in town — and that’s just what’s visible. (Weese says it’s hard to say just how big this iceberg is under the water because of its irregular shape.)

“They have to post lookouts and they have to exhibit a lot of caution when you have a number of icebergs in the area,” Maxine says. Boats don’t want to get too close, she says. “There’s always the risk it could roll and that’s dangerous or little pieces could break off,” she says.

Weese says so far this season, which runs from October to September, there have been about 600 icebergs in the North Atlantic corridor off the Newfoundland coast. Last year there were 687 for the entire season; the year before, there were 1,165. He says it’s not clear whether this season is unusual, but in late March, strong winds pushed icebergs south.

Listen:

https://www.npr.org/2017/04/20/524833709/grounded-glacier-in-canada-reinforces-iceberg-alleys-moniker

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Buitengewone foto’s van ‘n reuse ysberg.  Volgens inwoners is ysberge, waarvan sommige reusagtig groot is, bykans ‘n daaglikse verskynsel wat sekere tye van die jaar verbyvaar.  Die gastehuis het al heelwat inligting bekendgemaak en hul gaste kan daarvan getuig.

This iceberg drifted into Ferryland and grounded itself. We were lucky enough to have a few sunny days to get these spectacular shots.

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Waar ys en water met mekaar gesels, mekaar vriendelik omhels, sodat die mensdom hulle kan geniet.   Nie so ver van die Kanadese provinsie, groet Groenland ‘n mens met ‘n ysige wit skoonheid.

Greenland is a wonderful ode to nature. In our new 360° video you may find icebergs shining with all colors of white, untouched glaciers, crystal clear water and the borderless blue sky…

GREENLAND IS HUGE

(PART OF DENEMARK)

Besides the European territory of Denmark, the North-Atlantic Faroe Islands (another former colony of Denmark) and Greenland belong to Denmark, and the inhabitants are Danish citizens.

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About 80% of the territory is covered by ice. Such large amounts of ice forced the lithosphere to sink, forming the terrain of Greenland. All the 250 kilometers of the coast are carved with deep and long fjords. Often they are blocked with huge icebergs.

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The beauty of Greenland

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