Antarctic Ice Bridge Snaps
The ice bridge linking the 80-nautical-mile-long Wilkins Ice Shelf to the rest of Antarctica has snapped, which means that the Wilkins Ice Shelf, the size of Jamaica, can break free of the mainland.
The causes of the loosening of the shelf are rising temperatures and seismic activity.
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Sited on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Wilkins shelf has been retreating since the 1990s.
Researchers regarded the ice bridge as an important barrier, holding the remnant shelf structure in place.
Over the past 50 years, the peninsula has been one of the fastest warming places on the planet.
Recently revealed European Space Agency satellite image shows newly created icebergs floating in the sea on the western side of the Antarctic peninsula, which juts up from the continent towards South America’s southern tip.