Big Bergs Ahoy!

An armada of ice sets sail for the new millennium

By Sid Perkins, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

What's eating Antarctica? In March 2000, an 11,000-square-kilometer iceberg the size of Connecticut split from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Two months later, a similar area of ice broke free from the continent's Ronne Ice Shelf. Three months after that, the Ninnis Glacier Tongue, a 1,450 sq-km slab of ice jutting into the sea, snapped off near the shoreline and cast off for warmer climes.

Last September, yet another huge chunk of ancient ice broke free from the Ross Ice Shelf. Now, satel...

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