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Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off 505

GreennMann writes "An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further evidence of rapid change in the region. Sited on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Wilkins shelf has been retreating since the 1990s. Researchers regarded the ice bridge as an important barrier, holding the remnant shelf structure in place. Its removal will allow ice to move more freely between Charcot and Latady islands, into the open ocean."
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Antarctic Ice Bridge Finally Breaks Off

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  • Well, (Score:5, Funny)

    that's certainly one way to break the ice in a tense situation like this.
  • Blame me (Score:5, Funny)

    by DaHat ( 247651 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @01:53AM (#27472359) Homepage

    Given my SUV driving has yet to save me in a crash (I've not had one since buying it)... I'm glad to see it has contributed to something productive at least.

  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @01:55AM (#27472369)
    Once the ice bridge falls away, scientists will find one pissed off ice troll.
  • by ryanov ( 193048 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @02:18AM (#27472491)

    Thank god we have the average mook on Slashdot or I might have thought this were cause for concern. I guess all of the scientists who have agreed that there are man-made effects on climate are completely incorrect, but this website is the last bastion of sanity?

  • ...a few more really big ice cubes floating around should help a great deal.

    oh, and as the saying goes "Pictures, or it didn't happen."

  • Ohhhhhh...... *SNAP!*

  • by jaiteace ( 581678 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @03:32AM (#27472879)
    >...and provides further evidence or rapid change in the region. Not everyone agrees. For another spin on this event take a look at [] which suggests that the evidence for rapid climate change in this area is missing and suggests that, at best, hyperbole is involved.
    • Tabacoo science. (Score:5, Informative)

      by TapeCutter ( 624760 ) * on Monday April 06, 2009 @04:54AM (#27473249) Journal
      Con job and spin are the correct terms for that particular web site.

      This is the second time this site has popped up in the last few days. It's run by one J. D'Aleo who is paid to do so by the "Science and Public Policy Institute", they are in turn backed by "Frontiers of Freedom" which is the lobbying brain child of this guy []. They have a donate button on their site but their funding is otherwise obscured.

      Older readers may recall the "Frontiers of Freedom" also backed the tabacoo industry in their anti-science campaign.

      Disclaimer: I don't have anything against lobbyists or politicians until they pretend to be something they are not.
  • by Lifyre ( 960576 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @04:48AM (#27473225)

    It mentions that a lot of the dynamics of this situation are poorly understood. Whether or not you believe in global warming or what you think is causing it we don't know what the results are going to be.

    There are so many possibilities with some scientific basis and the whole environment as a system is so complex that we can't predict details. We can paint broad strokes of the future but saying the sea level is going to raise 2.37 feet and believing that the sea will raise exactly 2.37 feet put blinders on you just like believing that a Divine Being created the universe in 6 days.

    We have an idea of what MAY happen but there is so much complexity that we don't know what WILL happen. Right now it looks like shit is going to get warmer, ice is going to melt, sea levels will get higher and who knows the Gulf Stream may stop flowing causing Europe to get cold.

    Some of you seriously need to stop beating the Global Warming Manifesto like it is a Bible.

  • by fugue ( 4373 ) on Monday April 06, 2009 @01:18PM (#27478121) Homepage
    Greenpeacers broke off that chunk in order to convince people that their fantasy "globular heating" religion is real. Or maybe it would have broken off anyways but humans aren't responsible--too many polar bears sitting around on an ice shelf for 6000 years are bound to cause some damage eventually. This might happen again if we don't kill all the polar bears. Actually, it's all a liberal pinko lie--you're so gullible, since the ice bridge is just fine, thanks very much. Scientists are out to destroy us all. Haven't you seen them in movies?

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