Friday, March 28, 2008

A bad news for Al Gore - A giant slab off in Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf

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In the past 50 years the western Antarctic peninsula has warmed by 0.5 degrees Celsius each decade, fastest temperature rise world-wide. This is direct impact of global warming. A team of scientist at University of Colorado’s National Snow and Ice Data Center proved using satellite images that Antarctica’s massive Wilkins Ice Shelf has begun disintegrating. I think this is one of critical indicators of the biggest environmental crisis of the world.

“Wilkins is the largest ice shelf on West Antarctica yet to be threatened. This shelf is hanging by a thread,” said David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. Now a large part of the 12,950-square-kilometre shelf is supported by a narrow 5.6-km strip of ice between two islands

The shelf was triggered February 28 when an iceberg measuring 41 by 2.4km broke off its southwestern front. The effect is nicely shown above picture.

A related video

I think this is a good alert on people working on this topic. Take this as turning point.

People who concerns about global warming (people i know, if you know about others add it on comments)

Al Gore
essor Mohan Munasinghe
Prof. Ajith de Alwis
(Prof. Ajith de Alwis is person who teach us about global warming)

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