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Polar Melting event report

Category: Polar Melting
Observation: 14.01.2008
Continent: Africa
Country: South Africa
State:
Area: Southern Ocean
Location: Over 840 nautical miles south of Cape Town
Severity: Low
Event details
At dawn, just two days before disaster struck his massive 36-metre trimaran Sobedo last Sunday, French sailor Thomas Coville had his first taste of real fear. In the Southern Ocean, at a latitude just over 840 nautical miles south of Cape Town, he saw icebergs. "It was amazing, I have never seen them so far north." In his report to the Sobedo website, he noted: "I am an eyewitness to this infamous global warming." During that day, he counted 78 icebergs and growlers over a swathe of 280 miles. "Some were the size of that hotel," he said on Sunday, pointing at the Cape Grace. Some of the icebergs, he noted with puzzlement, had rocks embedded in them. The following night, he noted, was "the longest night of my existence".
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