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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COMMENTS (67)
  • wadew-And
    3/19/2015 - 03:48 p.m.

    I think the people are calling the chucks iceburgs because that is the name that lots of people know them by. I also think it is because they don't know that they didn't come from glaciers or polar ice shelves.

  • SofiaS2001
    3/19/2015 - 05:02 p.m.

    In the article above it explains how there are large chunks of ice along Duck Harbor Beach in Wellfleet. These large pieces of ice are not icebergs, but do resemble them. This sight has attracted many visitors to look at the sight. In the article, "Icebergs? In Massachusetts?" it states, "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." Even though these pieces of ice are not icebergs it displays the harsh winter the New England states had.

  • MasonK-4
    3/19/2015 - 06:22 p.m.

    Are you hungry for an iceberger? Well the people in New England sure aren't. After their freak winter that has been in the northeast for months, pieces of large ice have been floating down to cape cod. Many people were freaked out by this occurance. I'd be playing on them all day if I were there.

  • DylanM-4
    3/19/2015 - 07:26 p.m.

    In Massachusetts huge pieces of ice are washing up on the shore. Scientists are saying that it is from the extremely cold winter that they just had. Even though people call them icebergs, they are not. Ice bergs break off from a glacier, but experts believe these have come off a giant ice block in Massachusetts Bay. Experts believe that warming temperatures will make them melt soon. I wish I lived somewhere cold like this so I could go to the beach and witness something that won't happen again for a very long time.

  • BeckettN-2
    3/19/2015 - 07:47 p.m.

    This article is about ice blocks washing up in Massachusetts. Experts say that the reason is because of the huge snowstorms they've been having. I think it's cool somewhere in America I've blocks are showing up on beaches.

  • BrandonT-4
    3/19/2015 - 07:53 p.m.

    I think this article was interesting because I thought that icebergs were only located closer to the earth's poles. I think it would be chill to see an iceberg.

  • JonathanAA-4
    3/19/2015 - 07:56 p.m.

    This article is about how Parts of Cape Cod have been looking a little bit like the Arctic Circle. Icebergs are not common in Massachusetts so that is a big deal. People are saying this is a once in a life time occurrence. Also some people think that its freaky and they don't want it ti happen again. I found this article interesting because Icebergs are not found in Massachusetts. That was a super rare occurrence.

  • ZachG-1
    3/19/2015 - 08:54 p.m.

    A strange ice berg has washed up at one of the beaches in Massachusetts. The iceberg is about six feet tall. Many people are amazed and interested of the piece of ice. One family had came from Connecticut to witness this piece of ice. Many people are confused how it got here. One meteorologist said the ice has came from The Massachusetts Bay and the water current had brought it to the beach. A little ice berg has washed up on the shore.

    This is really awesome, but this also freaks me out. When I think of bits of ice breaking apart, I think of global warming and that is really devastating for all the people who live on ice.

  • kevik-4
    3/19/2015 - 09:19 p.m.

    In this section it talks about these ice bergs that are in Massachusetts. There are ice bergs on the that researchers say broke off of a ice glacier. The researchers say that the ice bergs will not stay there long they say that soon they will probably melt. The people say that live there say it is kind of freaky having those icebergs in town. This is also a rare thing the researchers and the people say. If I lived there I would be kind of happy and I would think it is cool for there to be ice bergs on the beach. But it might be a little freaky in the night time for those icebergs to be on the beach.

  • jacobf-1
    3/19/2015 - 09:27 p.m.

    Fragments from the huge amount of ice that builds up in Massachusetts Bay were found washed up on Cape Cod beaches. Some big chunks were five and one half to six feet tall. These ice fragments broke off from the Massachusetts Bay. They were brought to the current locations by ocean currents. I think it is fascinating on how the currents made the ice move so far away.

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