March 26, 2008

405 square kilometer ice shelf disintegrates

A gigantic Antarctic ice shelf is collapsing
and global warming is being blamed.


Anonymous said...

Five years ago, scientists estimated that it would take a century for the polar ice caps to melt. Two years ago that number became 30 years. Now they think we could have an ice-free Arctic by 2013.

Seems we may be underestimating rather than overestimating climate change.

al fin said...

Yes, anon martin, except if we are to have an ice-free Arctic by 2013, the Arctic is certainly going about it the wrong way. Someone needs to update his arctic ice anomaly readings.

Anonymous said...

First evidence of under-ice volcanic eruption in Antarctica
The volcano on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet erupted 2000 years ago and remains active.

The volcano is located beneath the West Antarctic ice sheet in the Hudson Mountains at latitude 74.6 South, longitude 97 West.
The subglacial volcano has a volcanic explosion index of around 3-4. Heat from the volcano creates melt-water that lubricates the base of the ice sheet and increases the flow towards the sea.