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Canada's last fully intact ice shelf has suddenly collapsed, forming a Manhattan-sized iceberg

Added 08-09-20 12:14:03am EST - “The 4,000-year-old ice shelf fell apart at the end of July as summer temperatures soared, scientists said.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Canada's last fully intact ice shelf has suddenly collapsed, forming a Manhattan-sized iceberg”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A massive chunk of Canada's last fully intact ice shelf, some 4,000 years old, has broken off, reducing the shelf by more than half, scientists reported last Sunday. After separating from the shelf, the piece split in two, forming an iceberg almost the size of Manhattan.

Climate change likely fueled the collapse of the shelf, researchers said. This summer, the region's temperature was 9 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 1980 to 2010 average, Luke Copland, a glaciology professor at the University of Ottawa, told the Associated Press.

"Above normal air temperatures, offshore winds, and open water in front of the ice shelf are all part of the recipe for ice shelf break up," the Canadian Ice Service said on Twitter.

A research camp was lost when the shelf broke apart, as was the northern hemisphere's last known epishelf, a kind of freshwater lake, flanked by ice, that sits on top of ocean water.

Ice researcher Adrienne White takes a photo of fractures in the shelf. Luke Copland

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