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Q & A: Why doesn't the ice at the North Pole float away?

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Most recent answer: 09/20/2011
Q:
Why doesn't the ice at the North Pole float away? (to the South)?
- Jay (age 10)
Boxford, MA, USA
A:
Hello Jay,
Well it does, at least chunks of it that break up into ice bergs.  These ice bergs tend to move South and when they encounter warmer waters will eventually melt.  Some times a ship will run into one of these, like the famous Titanic ocean liner, with disastrous  results.

LeeH

(published on 09/20/2011)

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