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

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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