Thursday, April 30, 2009

Ice melt chronic now in Antarctica

SHOOT: This is what happens when sentient beings ignore the obvious for long enough. It starts to catch up with you. Reality, in the form of a killer virus, economic collapse, energy depletion (yes, it's still happening) and climate collapse are manifesting all around us whether we believe it or not. Like the force of gravity, some things happen in spite of our beliefs. Truth takes time to manifest between all the myths, but sooner or later it always does.
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An Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) image dated April 28, 2009

BERLIN – Massive ice chunks are crumbling away from a shelf in the western Antarctic Peninsula, researchers said Wednesday, warning that 1,300 square miles of ice — an area larger than Rhode Island — was in danger of breaking off in coming weeks.

The Wilkins Ice Shelf had been stable for most of the last century, but began retreating in the 1990s. Researchers believe it was held in place by an ice bridge linking Charcot Island to the Antarctic mainland.

"As a consequence of the collapse, the rifts, which had already featured along the northern ice front, widened and new cracks formed as the ice adjusted," the European Space Agency said in a statement Wednesday on its Web site, citing new satellite images.

"There is little doubt that these changes are the result of atmospheric warming," said David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey.

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