Icebergs? In Massachusetts?
Icebergs? In Massachusetts? Curious onlookers walk around large chunks of sea ice washed up on Wellfleet Harbor Beach in Wellfleet, Massachusetts (AP photos)
Icebergs? In Massachusetts?
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Parts of Cape Cod have been looking a little bit like the Arctic Circle.

Icebergs aren't a common sight in Massachusetts. But massive chunks of ice have washed up on some beaches. They're drawing curious onlookers.

Children have been climbing some of the icy mammoths. The ice cropped up along Duck Harbor Beach in Wellfleet. Despite a brief warmup earlier this week, there were still big chunks 5 1/2 to 6 feet high on the beach as late as Thursday.

"It's amazing, they're like mini-icebergs," said Jessica Hornung, 33. She drove up from Connecticut with her three young children. They wanted to check out the unusual sight.

"It would be awesome if there were a polar bear on one of them," she joked.

Technically, the chunks aren't icebergs, which are defined as large pieces that break off glaciers or polar ice shelves.

Instead, meteorologists say, they're fragments from the extraordinary amount of ice that built up in Massachusetts Bay. They were carried by currents into Cape Cod Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. It is a startling reminder of an epic winter that held much of New England in an icy grip for weeks.

Michelle Norcross ventured out with her husband and daughter to snap photographs of the huge chunks at low tide, when they're most visible.

Some of the pieces are so big they dwarf humans.

"I'm hoping they're right when they say this is a once-in-a-generation occurrence. It's beautiful, but it's very unusual," she said.

"I don't want this to happen every year. It's kind of freaky."

Officials say the ice chunks are melting and the phenomenon won't last long.

Critical thinking challenge: Why are people calling the chucks icebergs if they aren't icebergs?

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  • CapeleyZ-1
    3/18/2015 - 04:55 p.m.

    This article was about icebergs that have shown up on the shores of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The pieces of ice are 51/2 to 6 feet tall. Although the ice is very large and many people consider them to be icebergs, meteorologists say that they are just fragments from the extraordinary amount of has that has built up in the massachusets bay. I think that this is very cool

  • SladeG-2
    3/18/2015 - 05:56 p.m.

    This article is about having icebergs in Massachusetts. People have been climbing on the 6 to 7 feet pieces of ice that has washed up onto to the Massachusetts Bay Area. Biologists say they are not icebergs witch are fragments of ice that have broken off ifrom glaciers but they are build ups of ice that have formed in the bay and have washed up onto the shore. My opinion on this aritcle is that I think is is very cool that ice can form in water and from currents in the ocean it would drift into beaches.

  • MarkC-Jac
    3/18/2015 - 05:59 p.m.

    Brr it must be very cold because of the ice. It is kind of dangerous though that kids play on it because they could slip and fall

  • CarsonP-2
    3/18/2015 - 06:12 p.m.

    Icebergs are not a common site in Massachusetts. People have seen chunks for icebergs just laying around which really made people confused. They have washed up on nearby beaches in cape cod.

  • EmilyK-2
    3/18/2015 - 10:34 p.m.

    This article is about large chunks of ice that have washed up on the shores of Massachusetts. These ice chunks have been classified as fragments from large amounts of ice build up in Massachusetts Bay. This strange occurrence has attracted many people already from all over the country. I think it is really interesting that the winter was cold enough to not only form but also maintain the huge chunks, and that the fragments were able to wash up on a shore where the water wasn't as cold as the Massachusetts Bay was. How has this not happened in previous years?

  • BradleyP-Jac
    3/18/2015 - 11:06 p.m.

    I thought that global warming would make the winters less cold, not have ice in Massachusetts. I bet it is a great sight and tons of people have life long memories.

  • sethwebb99
    3/18/2015 - 11:46 p.m.

    People are calling them icebergs because they are huge like "mini icebergs." Also they are probably unaware that they are really not icebergs but, really chunks of ice from Massachusetts bay. If I were to see them before I read this article I probably would have thought they were icebergs. It's very weird that there are icebergs in Cape Cod. Experts think it is just ice left over from the big storms that drifted to Cape Cod.

  • ZH2001blue
    3/19/2015 - 08:41 a.m.

    People are climbing these mini ice chunks because they want to know how it feels like to climb a real iceberg even though they are not real icebergs.

  • zG2000mimi
    3/19/2015 - 08:42 a.m.

    they call them chunks of iceburgs because the look like them but there not its just snow mound togeher by water from therain and the cold wind

  • Zacharyc1242
    3/19/2015 - 11:00 a.m.

    The icebergs are giant. I think the climate could be playing a effect to the icebergs. Hopefuly the icebergs stay and more will come. Globla warming could also playing a role.

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