Iceberg liberation activists, rejoice! Scientists reported yesterday that an enormous ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has finally broken free from Canada's Arctic:
The mass of ice broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 800 kilometers (497 miles) south of the North Pole, but no one was present to see it in Canada's remote north. Scientists using satellite images later noticed that it became a newly formed ice island in just an hour and left a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.
to AP story, here's
a related CNET post, here's a related item
about how such changes may help rid the world of notoriously unfriendly polar bears, who aren't all that much fun at parties because their breath smells like blubber: Link
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Ode To A Former Canadian Ice Shelf
By Madeleine Begun Kane
An ice shelf’s collapsed in the ocean.
Global warming’s far more than a notion
Dreamed up by Al Gore,
Though some wish to ignore
All the changes that greed’s set in motion.
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