28 Sep '11, 5pm

Canadian ice shelves have lost half their size in six years, scientists say

28 Sep 2011: Canadian Ice Shelves Have Lost Half Their Size in Six Years Canada’s Arctic ice shelves, which extend from land onto the Arctic Ocean, have lost about half of their size in the last six years, according to scientists. Using satellite imagery to monitor ice loss, researchers at Carleton University in Ottawa said the Serson Ice Shelf, which measured 205 square kilometers in 2008, Click to enlarge NASA/Carleton University Ellesmere Island ice shelf decreases, 2005-2011 has now broken into two shelves covering a total of just 32 square kilometers. The Ellesmere Island ice shelves, which covered 8,900 square kilometers a century ago and shrunk to 1,043 square kilometers in 2005, now cover just 563 square kilometers. Derek Mueller, a Carleton researcher, says rising temperatures are not only causing the shelves to crack and melt, but also are exposing the shelves to...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/canadian_ice_shelves_have_los...

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