Enormous Ice Shelf Collapse Imminent in Antarctica

January 21, 2009

Antarctica (ChattahBox) – The enormous Wilkins Ice Shelf, running the span of several thousand kilometers, is on the verge of collapse, due to melting caused by global warming.

Scientists have returned to Antarctica, after a scope last summer showed that the last threads of ice that kept it from collapsing into the ocean were nearly melted through, making it one of 25,000 square kilometers of ice shelf that has disappeared in recent years.

The phenomenon is being caused by global warming, as temperatures in the area drastically increase. Many are worried about the long term, or even permanent damage, this event points to.

“This ice shelf and the nine other shelves that we have seen with a similar trajectory are a consequence of warming,” David Vaughan, a researcher with the British Antarctic Survey, told local science journals.

“Miraculously we’ve come back a summer later and it’s still here. If it was hanging by a thread last year, it’s hanging by a filament this year.”


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