Breathtaking photos show massive icebergs floating by a seaside town

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ferryland glacier REUTERS/Jody Martin Residents view the first iceberg of the season as it passes the South Shore, also known as "Iceberg Alley", near Ferryland Newfoundland, Canada.

Life is fairly simple for the 500-or-so residents of Ferryland, on Canada's east coast.

They work. They eat. They sleep. And sometimes, they welcome the arrival of colossal, 10,000-year-old icebergs passing through on a springtime jaunt.

Each year, hundreds of massive icebergs break off from Greenland and drift through shipping lanes in the North Atlantic. The event has has become a popular tourist attraction in Ferryland, Newfoundland, and other towns along "Iceberg Alley."

This year's bergs were especially plentiful - scientists aren't exactly sure why, but some think global warming is responsible, according to the Associated Press .

Nevertheless, the phenomenon provides for some spectacular photos.

ferryland glacier Reuters/Greg Locke

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