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2009-04-28 14:19:32

The European Space Agency says satellite images show icebergs have begun to calve from the northern front of the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica. ESA scientists said the images indicate the huge shelf has become unstable following the collapse three weeks ago of the ice bridge that linked the Antarctic mainland with Charcot Island. That ice bridge, said the ESA, effectively formed a barrier pinning back the northern ice front of the central Wilkins Ice Shelf. It collapsed April 5, removing...

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2009-04-28 11:20:00

A segment of an Antarctic ice shelf about the size of New York City has fallen into the sea this month following an ice bridge collapse, scientists said Tuesday. Satellite images depict the collapse of an ice bridge that previously connected Charcot Island to Antarctica. The ice bridge apparently collapsed on April 5, removing about 330 sq km of ice, according to the European Space Agency. "As a consequence of the collapse, the rifts, which had already featured along the northern ice front,...

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2009-04-06 06:50:00

An ice bridge in the Antarctic, which linked a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands, has collapsed. According to scientists, the rupture provides further evidence that climate change is occurring in the region. Researchers also fear that the Wilkins Ice Shelf, located on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, could be on the brink of breaking away. The bridge was regarded by scientists as an important barrier holding the shelf structure in place. The removal of the bridge...

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2008-07-10 17:55:00

The Wilkins Ice Shelf is experiencing further disintegration that is threatening the collapse of the ice bridge connecting the shelf to Charcot Island. Since the connection to the island in the image center helps to stabilize the ice shelf, it is likely the break-up of the bridge will put the remainder of the ice shelf at risk. This animation, comprised of images acquired by Envisat's Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) between 30 May and 9 July 2008, shows the break-up event which began...