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Antarctic – Wilkinson ice shelf

Posted by Frank Lansner (frank) on 9th February, 2010
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On a regular basis we hear of the Wilkinson Ice Shelf where an area the size of London has broken up.

 

Left. Broken pieces of the Wilkinson ice shelf.  Right: Melting ice ice as it appears in summer of the Arctic.

No visual signs of melting at the Wilkinson Ice shelf – other reasons than heat might cause the ice to break up.

  

The break up area comprises around a third of the Wilkinson ice shelf. There is not a similar break up currently on the other Antarctic (much bigger) ice shelves. The volcanic hotspot area surrounding the Wilkinson ice shelf might explain the break up?

 

 

Last changed: 16th February, 2010 at 18:39:42

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JPA Knowles By Unknown on 15th October, 2010 at 16:27:04
Tectonic plates shifting could cause small tsunamis and fracture the brittle layer covering the ocean. It probably happens quite often but with no-one around we might not have noticed it before.

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