Satellite images and seismic monitors have confirmed that some 16 months ago an ancient ice shelf broke off from Ellesmere Island in the northern most part of Canada.
According to the Canadian scientists involved, this is a huge change. It offers a glimpse into what the future holds–a full-scale disappearing act by Arctic ice before 2040.
Warwick Vincentn of Laval University has traveled to see the ice shelf and concludes:
He also makes an astute observation: “People talk of endangered animals — well, these are endangered landscape features, and we’re losing them.”
Right he is, and we just witnessed a rare ice shelf begin to float off and melt away.