Huge ice chunks are giving parts of Cape Cod an arctic vibe

2015-03-13 12:40
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Wellfleet - Parts of Cape Cod look a little bit like the Arctic Circle this week.

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

Children have been climbing some of the icy mammoths that cropped up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Despite a brief warmup earlier this week, there were still big chunks up to 2m high on the beach on Thursday.

"It's amazing. They're like mini-icebergs," said Jessica Hornung, aged 33, who drove up with her three young children just to check out the unusual sight.

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

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

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

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