Mapping

Map: Icebergs route south

Follow icebergs on their journey from the Arctic on interactive map
  • Sep 15, 2015
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An iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Photo: Gérald Tapp/Wikimedia Commons)
An iceberg off the coast of Newfoundland (Photo: Gérald Tapp/Wikimedia Commons)
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Ships hate them, but tourists flock to Newfoundland to see them. The province boasts some of the best and most accessible spots to see icebergs, but it’s interesting to remember that those giant floating blocks of ice have traveled thousands of kilometers. Starting most likely on the west coast of Greenland (over 90 per cent of icebergs are calved from the glaciers there), they would have drifted on the current for between one and three years before reaching the Grand Banks, at which point it can take a variety of different directions. This map helps illustrate the main path of Canada’s icebergs, and offers some interesting facts about them.

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