By: Kyle James | 06-13-2018 | News
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North America : The Unlikely New Industries Icebergs Are Bringing To People

Icebergs that were once scarce in Newfoundland have moved into the region in greater numbers in recent years creating havoc for the local fishing industry. While fishing boats must travel miles out of their way to get around the dangerous floating chunks of ice, others are turning to their new floating neighbors for novel industries. Some companies harvest iceberg to inject into products like water, beer, and vodka, but other industries such as iceberg-based tourism are just beginning to open up as a result of climate change bringing more bergs to the south.

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For example, last Easter weekend, traffic at the Southern Shore highway near the town of Ferryland was at a standstill because people were photographing a passing hulk of ice. The area off the coast of Newfoundland has become known as "iceberg alley" and is creating a whole tourism industry of its own. The icebergs are fickle guests, some are grounded and remain in place while others lazily float by on their journey.

One iceberg, in particular, drew guests from far and wide last year as it took up residence near the Newfoundland coastline. The giant berg was a prime opportunity for photographers and tourists alike. The icebergs come in all shapes and sizes, sometimes much larger than they appear since usually, only the tip of the iceberg is protruding from the sea, hence the expression. One Finnish environmentalist group is even crowdfunding a gigantic statue of U.S. President Donald Trump, out of ice!

Related coverage: <a href="">Finland - Environmentalist Group Crowdfunding ‘Mount Trumpmore’ (Video)</a>

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The location of Iceberg Alley makes it the most convenient place to see them in North America. It takes about 2 to 3 years for the icebergs to make their way down the Labrador current and thanks to online technology they can even be tracked and located at any given time. But don't worry, the climate may be changing but the icebergs are at least 10,000 years old so you've got plenty of time to see them.

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