Bye Bye, Antarctica


Continuing the trend of terrifying posts about the world’s glaciers disappearing, a massive part of Antarctica’s ice collapsed and disintegrated into the ocean. The 160 square miles of ice is roughly seven times the size of Manhattan and is part of the Wilkins ice shelf, which is about 1,500 years old. The remaining part of the shelf is holding on for dear life, but is likely to collapse as well in the near future. It may seem like winter will never end here in the Midwest, but a little bit more cold weather could really be used down in Antarctica–or else start getting used to the idea of only six continents!

Chunk of Antarctic Ice Collapses – [NY Times]


2 Responses

  1. To my knowledge, Antarctica is not entirely composed of ice. 🙂

  2. Indeed it isn’t, but I like to be over-dramatic. Also, it does have some pretty big and important ice shelves (or did have…).

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