Saturday, May 24, 2008

Vast Cracks Found in Arctic

Canadian research teams unveiled evidence of giant cracks in the Arctic Shelf yesterday.

This is being hailed as dramatic evidence of the ice caps breaking apart. The cracks were part of a 10-mile network on Ward Hunt, the area's largest shelf. It indicates the individual pieces could float away at any time.

Last year, we brought you news about the Ayles Ice Island, which has since split into two pieces. These developments are part of an "emerging pattern" in the Arctic, which recent data suggests may have more to do with natural, biological factors than anything man-made.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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