Thursday, December 28, 2006

So-called Giant ice shelf snaps free from Canada's Arctic

More so-called evidence tonight of so-called climate change and so-called global warming. It seems a so-called giant ice shelf snapped free from Canada’s so-called Arctic. That seems so-called concerning to me. I hope Canada's so-called New Government will take some so-called action on this by at least, say, 2050.

Giant ice shelf snaps free from Canada's Arctic

Canadian Press

A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada's Arctic, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.

The mass of ice broke clear from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 800 kilometres south of the North Pole.

Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, travelled to the newly formed ice island and couldn't believe what he saw.

“It was extraordinary,” Dr. Vincent said Thursday, adding that in 10 years of working in the region he has never seen such a dramatic loss of sea ice.

“This is a piece of Canadian geography that no longer exists.”

The collapse was so powerful that earthquake monitors 250 kilometres away picked up tremors from it.

Scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in 30 years and point their fingers at climate change as a major contributing factor.


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