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Wilkins Ice Shelf Set To Collapse Due To Global Warming

First Posted: 02/21/09 05:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:00 PM ET

Antarctica

Reuters reports that a major Antarctic ice shelf, the Wilkins Ice Shelf, will collapse soon due to global warming:

WILKINS ICE SHELF, Antarctica (Reuters) - A huge Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent.


"We've come to the Wilkins Ice Shelf to see its final death throes," David Vaughan, a glaciologist at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), told Reuters after the first -- and probably last -- plane landed near the narrowest part of the ice.

The flat-topped shelf has an area of thousands of square kilometers, jutting 20 meters (65 ft) out of the sea off the Antarctic Peninsula.

Penguins are getting lost, Antarctica is falling apart... time to read up:

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Filed by Dave Burdick  |