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Man Arrested For Stealing Glacier Ice To Sell As Designer Ice Cubes

Jorge Montt Glacier, Chile

It turns out global warming isn’t the only reason glaciers are dwindling. Police in Chile have intercepted a refrigerated truck and arrested a man suspected of stealing 5 tonnes of glacier ice, in an attempt to make “designer” ice cubes for bars and restaurants. Allegedly, the ice was to be used for rums, whiskies, and cocktails in Patagonia’s capital of Santiago.

Aside from theft accusations, authorities are also considering adding violation of national monuments to the list of charges.

The Jorge Montt Glacier is part of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, and according to scientists, is disappearing by as much as half a mile per year. This makes it one of the world’s fastest shrinking glaciers. Environmentalists have long been aware of the serious matter of disappearing glaciers, but until now, theft has never been part of the problem. It sounds like humans have hit a whole new low.

It’s always funny to hear how far people will go to be classy, even if it’s at the cost of the environment. Nobody will notice 5 tonnes of glacier going missing, right?

via Guardian
Image courtesy of NASA: Jorge Montt Glacier, Chile

4 comments… add one

  • Anonymous 02/07/2012, 2:29 pm

    Five tonnes (5000 litres vs half a mile and however many million litres a year due to ‘environmental’ causes? This is an amusing novelty, but hardly an existential threat to the glacier.

    Show me someone doing it on an industrial scale – and I can imagine it being done as ground water supplied dwindle – and I will be appropriately concerned.

  • John Johnston 02/07/2012, 3:26 pm

    Perhaps is come under the old adage, “Give people an inch, they will take a mile”?

  • Anonymous 02/07/2012, 5:20 pm

    ::shrug:: Half a mile’s already disappearing.  Does it really mattere _where_ it’s disappearing to?

  • Sandra Woods 03/29/2012, 3:31 am

    In Europe it’s very common to request glacial ice with your drinks. It is exceptionally pure water. There’s a company in Iceland that even exports ice cubes made from the glacier: http://www.glacialicecubes.com

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