18 Apr '11, 12am

Arctic coasts slipping away #artic

Arctic coasts slipping away #artic

Image Credit: © Michel Fritz, Alfred Wagener Institute (Scientist standing in front of coastal erosion at Hershel Island, Yukon Territory, Canada) A quarter of the Arctic's permafrost coastline is suffering from erosion due to climate change. The impact on settlements, shipping, oil and gas installations and coastal infrastructure is likely to grow. 'Arctic coastal erosion is reaching up to 20 metres a year in places, though on average it is half a metre a year. What we are seeing is likely to affect enormous areas in the future,' said Hugues Lantuit, a geologist at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany's top polar science institution, and one of the lead scientists in the decade-long study. 'We have to reckon on rapid changes in a system that has been stable for millennia.' As ice free periods increase due to global warming, there is a direct effect on the fragile polar c...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/climate/arctic-coasts-slipping-...

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