Friday, December 29, 2006
Canadian Ice Shelf disintegrates
The entire 25.5-square-mile (66-square-kilometer) Ayles Ice Shelf broke free from the northern coast of Ellesmere Island on August 13, 2005, but scientists have held back until now to make an announcement. Over the last 100 years, Canadian ice shelfs have shrunk by 90%; this particular shelf was between 3000 to 4500 years old.
Let's put this into perspective: it takes about 200 feet of snow to form into one inche of glacial ice. This happens over time, as it compresses under extreme cold. Polar Bears are now on the Endangered Species List, as the Arctic's summer sea ice disappears. Projections now are that it will be gone completely by 2040.
Oh, but wait. Global warming? The Neocons say it's just a theory.