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March 26, 2008

Shock and Awe: Watching the Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse

You've likely heard the news by now that a chunk of ice the size of Connecticut dramatically and unexpectedly broke from Antarctica yesterday. 

I don't want to spend too much time on the details of the news: there are many good news reports out there outlining the details of what occurred. But I do want to convey the horror I felt when I learned about this.

Between the Arctic Ice melt, the glacial retreat, and the beginnings of Antarctica's collapse, I'm not certain what additional evidence is required to see that climate change is occurring.

While the melts we see to date of Arctic and Antarctic ice don't change the sea level significantly, the looming threat of major ocean currents shifting and of the greater Antarctic Ice Shelf (the one on *land*) collapsing are out there. These proverbial canaries in the coal mine should serve to help us take the threats seriously and do something about it.

I'll leave you with a series of pics of the ice in question. Hopefully they'll inspire as much awe in you as they have in me.

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Click here to see an animation of the collapse

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Hey thanks for the great blog, love this stuff. I don’t usually do much for Earth Day but with everyone going green these days I thought I try to do my part.

I am trying to find easy, simple things I can do to help stop global warming (I stress easy, I don’t plan on going out and buying a hybrid). I took the Earth Day Challenge that EarthLab.com is promoting ( http://www.earthlab.com/ ) and I am planning on lowering my score. They have some pretty good tips (they call them pledges).

I am looking for more easy fun stuff to do. If you know of any other sites worth my time let me know.

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