Thursday, April 9, 2009

Coastal change and glaciological map of the Larsen Ice Shelf area, Antarctica, 1940-2005

Source: US Geological Survey
Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more rapidly than previously known because of climate change, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report prepared in close collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey. The USGS study documents for the first time that one ice shelf has completely disappeared and another has lost a chunk three times the size of Rhode Island. This research is part of a larger ongoing project that is for the first time studying the entire Antarctic coastline."