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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 August, 2003, 19:30 GMT 20:30 UK
Heatwave causes iceberg growth
Experts say the iceberg is growing too fast
A man-made mini iceberg at a Scottish tourist attraction is reported to be growing in size as a result of the recent hot weather.

The iceberg, which features as part of a polar exhibit at Edinburgh's Dynamic Earth attraction, usually measures just over 14ft.

The room and the iceberg is kept at a cooling 12C.

But, with visitors making more than one trip to the polar room to escape the sizzling summer sun, moisture in the room has been rising.

Experts at the attraction say the moisture build-up is clinging to the iceberg and freezing, making it grow slowly in size throughout the day.

As a result, they are having to melt the organic iceberg down every night to ensure it is back to the correct size for the next busy day.

With more people heading to the room to escape the summer sun, the iceberg is growing quicker than ever
Dynamic Earth
Catriona Bruce, marketing director of Our Dynamic Earth said, "People usually visit each zone once during a trip, but thanks to the hot weather people are revisiting it several times.

"This is great for us, but everyone who visits the polar room contributes to moisture in the air and in turn helps the iceberg grow bigger and bigger.

"With more people heading to the room to escape the summer sun the iceberg is growing quicker than ever.

"Staff are having to shrink the iceberg each evening by removing moisture from the room to make sure it does not get too big."

She added: "We have had people coming in and heading straight to the polar room so they can cool down before seeing the rest of the exhibits."

"It is great that Scotland is seeing some sunshine for a change, but it can be hard for visitor attractions since everyone wants to be outside in the sun."

The iceberg is part of an exhibition which demonstrates what life was like during the Ice Age and explains how nature works in the Arctic and Antarctic.


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