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Mystery timber spotted on top of iceberg

By T.K. Randall
January 26, 2011 · Comment icon 41 comments



Image Credit: Ansgar Walk
Debate has been sparked over the nature of a plank of wood spotted on an iceberg at the South Pole.
Spotted by wildlife watchers south of Commonwealth Bay the solitary piece of timber stands out like a sore thumb, speculation is rife over how it managed to get on to an iceberg in the middle of nowhere so far from civilization.
Wildlife watchers near Aurora Australis' bridge first thought it was a relaxing seal but it was soon apparent it was rectangular in shape. How it got to such a prominent position, instead of just floating around, is anyone's guess.


Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (41)


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Comment icon #32 Posted by Smokempeacepipes 12 years ago
There is a new movie due for release this winter, its called " Block of wood- atop a melting iceberg"! its about Woody( played by Edwood Woodwood) a hard piece of 4x2 with a knotted past) who finds true love in an iceberg while vacationing in the Antarctic, but Crystal( played by Linda Mcartney) has been hurt in the past, so it wont be plain sailing, woody will have to try to remove the splinters of Crystals frozen heart.
Comment icon #33 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 12 years ago
large wave pushed it up there? Just go up, retrieve it and find out.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Chabs 12 years ago
You'd think that people would make a prank about something more prank-worthy, not some piece of wood on top of an iceberg in the South Pole. Weird phenomenon.
Comment icon #35 Posted by 3.0 12 years ago
If it was partially frozen in the ice, it would be exciting! Which brings up a interesting possibility. With all the polar ice melting going on; there is a good possibility of discovering items frozen in the ice. Imagine what might be thawing out, lost civilizations, frozen animals, or a deadly virus!
Comment icon #36 Posted by -Cult of the wolves- 12 years ago
I just thought of something that will make this more interesting. "It's a peice of Noahs ark" BAM now that makes it interesting.
Comment icon #37 Posted by jesspy 12 years ago
large wave pushed it up there? Just go up, retrieve it and find out. They try to lift it and the earth will shift in time or on its axsis.
Comment icon #38 Posted by Dougal 12 years ago
There is a new movie due for release this winter, its called " Block of wood- atop a melting iceberg"! its about Woody( played by Edwood Woodwood) a hard piece of 4x2 with a knotted past) who finds true love in an iceberg while vacationing in the Antarctic, but Crystal( played by Linda Mcartney) has been hurt in the past, so it wont be plain sailing, woody will have to try to remove the splinters of Crystals frozen heart. I would watch that movie. Please make it, please 3
Comment icon #39 Posted by kulas910 12 years ago
maybe the iceberg was floating in the ocean when the timber settle on it until the iceberg reaches the south pole and stay there and the iceberg became bigger and bigger.well that's my theory.
Comment icon #40 Posted by Belial 12 years ago
Shiver my timber
Comment icon #41 Posted by DKST 12 years ago
I reckon it's something left over from an expedition or something that was floating around and the iceberg scooped it up. It's weird but I don't think there is much too it.


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