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CBC: Research team heads to Beaufort to study floating ‘ice islands’

August 19, 2015 — 

The CBC writes about a team of scientists aboard a Canadian icebreaker that will be spending August and September studying the risk that floating ‘ice islands’ pose to potential oil and gas driller operations in the Beaufort Sea. The team is led by David Barber, professor at the University of Manitoba.

“(The ice) could be anywhere in size from small pieces, to the size of a car, right up to several large pieces that are several tens or hundreds of kilometres across,” said Barber. “When we get a piece of tabular ice in the ocean that is very big, we call them an ‘ice island.'”

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