09 Dec '11, 1am

Chilean Glacier Recedes Half-Mile in Just One Year

Chilean Glacier Recedes Half-Mile in Just One Year

Chile's Center for Scientific Studies /via While the powerful impacts of global warming can be seen in various forms throughout the world, few places have experienced observable changes as dramatic as in Chile's Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Over the course of just one year, the region's Jorge Montt Glacier receded an alarming 1 kilometer, evidenced by time-lapse video composed of 1,445 images taken by research scientists -- and they're as surprised as anyone to see the glacier disappearing so quickly. Stretching out over 5 thousand square miles of the Chilean Andes, the Patagonian Ice Field is the world's third largest mass of ice after Antartica and Greenland, worrying experts that the rapid rate of melting there may be a bellwether for similar loss elsewhere. To make matters worse, the period from February 2010 and January 2011 in which the Jorge Montt Glacier receded ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/climate-change/time-lapse-chile...

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