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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.
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.