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Antarctica’s Ice Shelf Shrinking, Shrinking, Shrinking… (Slideshow)

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Again, Prof. Rott specifically points to global warming as a factor in the melting of ice shelves:

“The northern Antarctic Peninsula has been subject to atmospheric warming of about 2.5°C over the last 50 years – a much stronger warming trend than on global average, causing retreat and disintegration of ice shelves.”

This graphic shows how temperatures increased from 1981 to 2007 in Antarctica, contributing to the shrinking of the Larsen ice shelf.

Antarctic Temperature Trend 1981-2007

Image by Robert Simmon via Wikimedia Commons

An image of the Larsen ice shelf today  in 2012 can be seen via the ESA‘s site; this animation reveals how the shelf is melting.

The Envisat satellite has been in operation for twice as long as planned. Scientists are planning for it to make more observations of Earth’s ice caps, land, oceans and atmosphere for at least the next two years — such continued monitoring is crucial to predict what might happen to the much larger ice masses of West Antarctica, if warming spreads further south.

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Image of the Larsen Ice Shelf by Ben Holt - NASA via Wikimedia Commons

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10:53PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Actually, Antarctic has been increased even more since the article was published-and headed recently to learn an issue sea expedition finds more data supporting this notion surely.

Well, with no extra-modesty an author might suggest “The X-Challenge: Realm of Senses” might point a hint to readers searching for a reality of planetary environment.

Michael Kerjman

3:03AM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

I've been watching the melting of the ice with great sadness for some years.
It won't affect me, but it will affect all the lovely children and young people, as well as animals and plants. Very sad to know that we have people on this earth who don't care and who actively support greenhouse gas emission and other pollution.
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4:27PM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

FreshWater hmmmmm!

7:46AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

NOAA has reported that last month was the warmest
March on record. While one warm month (or another and
yet another) do not "prove" global warming, enough of them
in a row with few if any interruptions do tend to prove a
warming trend.

When the air gets warm, ice tends to melt. If the ice is on
top of land (rather than on or in the water) it adds to the total
amount of water in the oceans, raising sea levels.

This ain't brain surgery. Even W figured this out before
the end of his Administration.

Some on the far right and other compulsive denial fans
haven't gotten that far yet.

5:36AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks for the spread of awareness .

Actually this news should be alarming. But we are afraid that our economies may face some downturn (remember, it is not death, but a temporary one). But if Antartica goes down, it is permanent and very dangerous

10:28PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thanks for the very telling photos. Should make it vivid to those who don't understand what it means when presented in the printed form.

2:46PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

It is so sad to see how humans on purpose are kiling the Planet that just gives us the life!!!!!!

6:01AM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Adapting to global warming is MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE than mitigating global warming. Global warming is likely to destroy agriculture as the climate becomes too hot and dry to support agriculture which is NEEDED to support civilization.

3:41PM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

Very sad.....

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