When The Scott Polar Research Institute wanted to find a creative name for an Antartic Iceberg they plan on tracking in the Southern Ocean, they advertised in The Times for children to submit their ideas. Max Dolan, aged six, from Winchester won with the suggestion to rename it ‘Melting Bob’. “Because of global warming, ice melts,” he said. “And it goes up and down in the sea, so it bobs.” Makes perfect sense to me! The judges were impressed by the clever play on words and also
drawn to the friendliness of the name. Melting Bob is three times the size of Greater London and is now 1,600 miles to the southwest
of New Zealand. Max will be able to monitor Bob’s progress by studying satellite images sent to him by the US National Ice Centre. By the time Melting Bob finally melts, Max will be in his mid teens as an iceberg of this size can take over a decade to disappear!