Antarctica cracks up

Posted by Laura Grant on July 1, 2008
Posted in Green News


This amazing video clip from the BBC was taken from an aircraft flying over the Wilkins Ice Shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula earlier this year. The ice shelf is beginning to disintegrate.

Scientists say this is another indication of the effects of climate change on the Antarctic which has experienced unprecedented warming over the past 50 years.

Satellite images show that the Wilkins Ice Shelf began to collapse on February 28 this year. A huge 41 by 2.5 km iceberg, described as the size of the Isle of Man, broke away. This is not the first ice shelf to break up in the Antartica, six have already collapsed completely (Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen A, Larsen B, Wordie, Muller and the Jones Ice Shelf), according to the British Antarctic Survey website.

If you want to learn more about what’s happened in the Antarctic download Google Earth and play with the interactive animation available on the British Antarctic Survey’s site which shows the retreat of Antarctic ice shelves over time.


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