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Uncanny Factoid: Block on Ice (2 pics)

Posted in Random » Uncanny factoid   25 Jan 2011   / 5573 views

This piece of wood was found floating around in the middle of nowhere on an iceberg. How it got there no one knows and its pretty baffling.

 

The block of wood and the iceberg it was attached to was found 66 degrees south and just a tad north of Commonwealth Bay. It was spotted by wildlife watchers near Aurora Australis’ bridge. It was first assumed as a seal resting on the iceberg, but then they realized that it was a rectangular piece.

What is also interesting is that the area is near the non-magnetic south pole. The geomagnetic field line are vertical rather than lying across the planet from pole to pole. This area creates a void where compasses don’t work.

 

No one seems to have a real theory about how this block landed on and continues to float around on this iceberg yet. It is definitely baffling.

 

Learn Something Fun: The word iceberg comes from the Dutch ijsberg which means "ice hill".

 

 







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michael c. 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
wow. a piece of wood. fascinating post, izis.
       
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2Cool4Ice 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
the ark of noah crashed there?
You can't get lost if you follow your own path
       
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dutch 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"berg" means mountain in dutch, so its not icehill but icemountain ;)
       
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zyzzyva 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Might be because (since it was found where compasses don't work) a wooden ship crashed there because it lost its course, and that piece of wood is the only bit that didn't go under the water.
       
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Mr. Ree 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Aliens put it there just to fuck with us.
       
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Piloto loco 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
"Au contraire" compasses work just fine, they just tend to point at the pole which happens to be right under your feet.
       
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tygd5 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
The ignorange in some of these posts is baffling. The "non-magnetic south pole" means geographic south pole. It is in the middle of a CONTINENT, thousands of miles to nearest sea, ant this seems to be in ice-free water too so even further away.

Compasses work just fine there as earths magnetic field is not limited to the actual planet.

The block is resting on level surface without any sinking into the ice below, so it has not been there for very long. It has never been "inside" the ice as the melt would have been uneven...


That piece of wood has most likely been put there by the photographer or someone is playing a trick on him/her. Sheesh.
       
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lolzz 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
iceberg means icemountain not icehill, if it was icehill it would be ijsheuvel!!
       
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mm 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Actually it could be only a top of bigger piece of wood and is sticking from the iceberg like, ahem, the iceberg from ocean :)
       
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minecrafter.jpn 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
I left it there to mark my spawn point before moving on to a different biome where I could settle down and feel comfy. I utilized INVedit to get the needed resource.
       














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