Thursday, February 2, 2012

On Thin Ice: Man Arrested for Stealing Glacier to Sell as Ice Cubes

A Chilean man is on thin ice...for stealing a five ton glacier from a national park with plans to cut the giant frozen slab up and sell it as "designer" ice cubes.

Local media in Santiago, Chile, report that police intercepted a refrigerated truck in the South American nation's capital containing an estimated $10,000 worth of ice that was to be sold to upscale bars and restaurants. Authorities claim that the suspect hacked out the giant ice sheet from the Jorge Montt glacier in the Patagonia region of South America.

The suspect is being charged with the theft of the glacial ice and police are considering adding violation of national monuments to the charge sheet. Scientists say that the glacier, which is part of the protected Bernardo O'Higgins national park, is retreating by a half a mile a year, making it one of the world's fastest shrinking glaciers.

With the changing climate already putting the glaciers of the world at serious risk, we don't need thieves helping the situation along...

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