Thick sea ice forces research ship to turn back...

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Thick sea ice has forced a scientific research ship to abandon a trip to an Antarctic ice shelf from which a massive iceberg snapped off last year, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) said on Friday. Sea ice up to 5 meters (16 ft) thick blocked the RRS James Clark Ross vessel from reaching the Larsen C ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula, near South America, it said. Mother Nature has not been kind to us on our mission!" Katrin Linse, leading the team for BAS, said in a statement.

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