4.05.2009

Global Warmed: Antarctic ice shelf on brink of breaking up

Great News for the deniers! This is just more proof that they (and all conservative pundicks) are right and 9 out of 10 scientists are of course, wrong. Alarmingly wrong!

From Reuters:

OSLO (Reuters) - An ice bridge which had held a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place for hundreds of years at least shattered on Saturday and may herald a wider collapse linked to global warming, a leading scientist said.

"It's amazing how the ice has ruptured. Two days ago it was intact," David Vaughan, a glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey, told Reuters of a satellite image of the Wilkins Ice Shelf. "We've waited a long time to see this."

The satellite picture, by the European Space Agency (ESA), showed that a 40-km (25 mile) long strip of ice believed to pin the Wilkins Ice Shelf in place had snapped at its narrowest point of about 500 meters wide off the Antarctic Peninsula.

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ThinkProgress has more:
Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf — which is about the size of Connecticut — is on the brink of breaking up. It would be the largest slab of ice so far to disintegrate and retreat in the Antarctic. “The rapid retreat of glaciers there demonstrates once again the profound effects our planet is already experiencing — more rapidly than previously known — as a consequence of climate change,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in a statement. An international meeting of Antarctic and Arctic scientists will report in Baltimore tomorrow that “up to one-third of all Antarctic sea ice is likely to melt by the end of the century, seriously contributing to dangerous sea level rises.”
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