Antarctic ice sheet on the brink of collapse

According to a recent story reported by Fox News, satellite images reveal that a large chunk of the Wilkins ice shelf fell into the ocean sometime around the end of February, suggesting that climate change could be causing it to disintegrate faster than scientists had predicted. The 160-square-mile piece had been attached to Antarctica for hundreds, or possibly even 1,500, years. Scientists fear that the entire Wilkins shelf, more than 6,000 square miles, could be next...

WILKINS SOUND, Antarctica, March 26, 2008 -- According to a recent story reported by Fox News, satellite images reveal that a large chunk of the Wilkins ice shelf fell into the ocean sometime around the end of February, suggesting that climate change could be causing it to disintegrate faster than scientists had predicted.

The 160-square-mile piece, about seven times the size of Manhattan, had been attached to Antarctica for hundreds, or maybe even 1,500 years. Scientists fear that the entire Wilkins shelf, more than 6,000 square miles, could be next...

To read the full story, see: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,341428,00.html

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