A Piece of Antarctica Falls into the Sea

Thomas Schueneman

A 160–square-mile portion of the Wilkins Ice shelf along the Antarctic peninsula has, within the past few weeks, collapsed into the ocean. Scientists estimate the ice shelf had been there for up to 1500 years.

Some think it is a consequence of global warming.

And some don’t.

As Andrew Leonard writes in Salon.com, it’s best to consider the source.

In the meantime, there is 160–square-miles less of Antarctica today than there was a month ago.

That’s it for now.

Tags: antarctica, antarctic+ice+shelf, climate+change


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