Melting rates of polar ice caps
Name: Dontrell Thomas
About how fast are the polar ice caps melting?
Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) report that the floating
Larsen Ice Shelf lost three major pieces earlier this year. Situated along
the Antarctic Peninsula, the ice shelf lost two sections, each about 1,000
square kilometers - when they disintegrated into myriad icy fragments. An
even larger block calved off to form a mammoth iceberg, according to David
Vaughan, a BAS glaciologist. The berg measures 78 Km by 37 Km and has a
thickness of 200 meters. It is almost as large as the state of Rhode Island.
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Update: June 2012