Ice shelf about to break off Antarctic coast
A warning came today from the European Space Agency in Paris that a major ice shelf is in imminent risk of breaking away from the Antarctic continent. The Wilkins Ice Shelf has been shrinking, probably due to global warming. February 2008 saw a chunk of 425 square kilometres break off, followed by a 160 square kilometre chunk in May 2008. It is now only connected to the Antarctic continent by an ice bridge that is in fragile condition.
PARIS - The European Space Agency is warning that a massive ice shelf anchored to the Antarctic coast by a narrow and quickly deteriorating ice bridge could break away soon
Scientist are examining whether global warming is behind the shelf's breakup, the statement said. Average temperatures in the Antarctic peninsula have risen by 2.5 degrees Celsius over the past half century, the statement said - higher than the average global rise.
Warnings have been coming about the breakup of the massive ice sheets surrounding the Antarctic continent.
Environmental Alert: The Antarctic Ice Shelf is Coming Apart