All Cracked Up from the Heat? Major hunk of an Antarctic ice shelf shatters and drifts away

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

A Rhode Island-size section of an Antarctic ice shelf splintered into thousands of icebergs in a mere 5-week period during the area's warmest summer on record.

The Larsen B ice shelf–or rather, the 40 percent of it that's left–rims a small portion of the eastern coastline of the Antarctic Peninsula. Satellite images (see series at right) show that about 3,250 square kilometers of Larsen B disintegrated between January 31 and March 5. Over the past 5 years, the 220-meter-thick ice shelf–one of...

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