You May Soon Be Cooling Your Drinks With Ice From 12,000-Year-Old Icebergs

The next fad in the food and drink industry might be ordering a drink with ice from a 12,000 year old iceberg.  The cold waters off the coast of Canada are home to slow moving small icebergs that have broken off of colossal ones more north in the Arctic, and people have taken to harvesting the ice for sale.


The icebergs boast water of the highest purity.  For millennia, this water has lain trapped and preserved in the glaciers of Greenland, only recently breaking off in chunks.  It most likely contains very few pollutants.  And who doesn’t want to their drink cooled with a chunk from an iceberg?

After breaking off from the large unit, these ‘bergs drift south at the blistering pace of .4 miles per hour.  While they may be moving slowly, these icebergs aren’t all that easy to catch.  In addition to the sheer difficulty of physically netting and pulling a massive ice chip onto a harvesting ship, the iceberg hunters face increasing competition as they fight to meet demand in a highly lucrative market.

So far, the market for the icebergs have been upmarket mineral-water and vodka manufacturers, but it probably won’t be long until you can find some in your local watering hole.

H/T: newscientistiflovescience