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Antarctic ice shelf collapse explained

(February 2008)

When the Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapsed in 2002, the event appeared to be a sudden response to climate change, and this long, fringing ice shelf in the north west part of the Weddell Sea was assumed to be the latest in a long line of victims of Antarctic summer heat waves linked to Global Warming.

However in a paper published in the Journal of Glaciology, Prof. Neil Glasser of Aberystwyth University, working as a Fulbright Scholar in the US, and Dr Ted Scambos of University of Colorado's National Snow and Ice Data Centre now say that the shelf was already teetering on collapse before the final summer.

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N.F. GLASSER, T.A. SCAMBOS. 2008. A structural glaciological analysis of the 2002 Larsen B ice shelf collapse. J. Glaciol. 54(184), 3–16.