Monday, August 08, 2005

'Unprecedented' Ice Shelf Collapse

Historical Evidence Shows Larsen Ice Shelf Collapse Is 'Unprecedented'
In the spring of 2002, a large chunk of the Larsen B ice shelf (LIS-B) on the Antarctic Peninsula broke off and tumbled into the Weddell Sea. A new analysis published today in the journal Nature suggests that the more than 3,200 square kilometer area that collapsed signifies an unprecedented loss in the past 10,000 years and can be attributed to accelerated climate warming in the region.

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