Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Video and images on collapse of Antarctic ice shelf

The Wilkins Ice shelf is collapsing, 15 years earlier then scientists expected. See video footage.
See here for high resolution satellite image and press release from National Snow and Ice Data Centre.

According to Professor Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey in an article on Environmental News Survey:
"Climate warming in the Antarctic Peninsula has pushed the limit of viability for ice shelves further south, setting some of them that used to be stable on a course of retreat and eventual loss. The Wilkins breakout won't have any effect on sea-level because it is floating already, but it is another indication of the impact that climate change is having on the region."

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