The Big Break

Cabral, Elena
April 2008
Scholastic News -- Edition 5/6;4/21/2008, Vol. 76 Issue 22, p6
The article reports on a chunk of ice that broke off the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctic. The ice shelf is hundreds of years old, and some melting is expected to happen naturally. But in March 2008, scientists say a chunk of ice covering 160 square miles broke away from the shelf. Only a thin strip of ice continues to hold the remaining shelf together. Scientists blame global warming. They say the area where the ice shelf is located has experienced the most dramatic temperature increase on the planet.


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