Saturday, April 4, 2009

Wilkins Ice Shelf Ready to Break Free

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been monitoring the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica. They have pictures taken by their Envisat satellite showing that an ice bridge is about to break. This may cause the ice shelf, which is about the size of Jamaica, to float away free.

The ice sheet has been formed by thousands of years of excess snowfall. It began to shrink in the 1990s.

The Associated Press has a report here.

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