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The breaking off of this iceberg is probably part of the normal process of ice-shelf growth and loss and not a consequence of global warming, Lazzara says.
There, the Columbia Glacier--the fastest moving glacier (large river of ice) in the world--is calving, or breaking off into the sea, faster than ever.
In the next 20 to 30 years, this breaking off of tradition will become dramatically visible.
The company said the proposal was unsatisfactory in a number of ways, but instead of breaking off talks, as it did last month, BOC said it would look at the issues to see if they could be addressed.