Friday, December 29, 2006

Ancient ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic

Ancient ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic is about the Ayles Ice Shelf near the coast of Ellesmere Island which has broken off and is now floating freely in the ocean. This ice shelf broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island but no one was present to see it in Canada's remote north. Scientists have been monitoring the ice using satellite images, and later noticed that it became an ice island. The change took just an hour and left a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake. The article contains some quotes from scientists saying the suddenness is astonishing them, that we are passing thresholds in climate change rapidly, and they are concerned about it.

Ice Island Calvings and Ice Shelf Changes, Milne Ice Shelf and Ayles Ice Shelf, Ellesmere Island, N.W.T. is a scientific article published in 1984 which describes the ice shelves in question. Calvings of ice and breakup of ice

Ice-shelf collapse, climate change, and habitat loss in the Canadian high Arctic is later scientific research giving a more complete story of this particular ice shelf.

Giant ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic Coverage by CTV.CA