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Giant Iceberg Formed on Xinjiang's Lake Ulungur
    2008-04-17 18:47:14     CRIENGLISH.com

In the wake of strong winds recently, over ten kilometers of icebergs appear along the bank of Lake Ulungur, Fuhai County in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Wednesday, April 16, 2008. [Photo: CCTV.com]

After being washed ashore by heavy winds, giant ice blocks on Lake Ulungur grew into icebergs stretching over 10 kilometers over the bank of the lake, which is in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a report on the China Central Television (CCTV) website Thursday.

As reported, snowfall in Lake Ulungur this year was only about 30 centimeters, which could not keep the lake as warm in the winter as before. As a result, the ice layer over the lake is 20 to 30 centimeters thicker and the thawing of the ice is taking longer.

The solid ice blocks started to thaw as the temperature rises with the approach of the summer. The report says that strong gales in past few days created drumlins on the lake and a gale measured at a scale of 7-8 on Wednesday pushed jumbo icebergs to the bank of the Lake Ulungur.

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