Wilkins Ice Shelf on Antarctic Peninsula

Wilkins Ice Shelf on Antarctic Peninsula

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Credit: BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Wilkins Ice Shelf. Satellite map showing the location of the Wilkins Ice Shelf (white) on the Antarctic Peninsula. The partial break-up of this massive ice shelf during February and March 2008 was observed by satellite imagery and using survey aircraft. An area of 405 square kilometres broke away, and as of 2009 the rest of the ice shelf (some 14,000 square kilometres) is attached to the land only by a narrow strip of ice. It is thought that global warming will eventually cause the entire ice shelf to be lost.

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