Watch: Milne Ice shelf The Last Fully Intact Ice Shelf
Canada’s last fully intact ice shelf has also become a causality of climate change. The Milne ice shelf, a part of the pre-existed Ellesmere Ice Shelf, collapsed into the sea, losing half of the shelf’s area.
The beautiful ice shelf was located in a remote area of Canada. The research team from Ottawa canceled was carefully studying the ice shelf in the effect of climate change for a very long time. Along with them, other research teams were also investigating the Milne ice shelf. The trip to Milne was canceled this year due to the pandemic. The ice shelf is at the northern tip of the Nunavut’s Ellesmere Island. 60% of the ice shelf is collapsed, and this shrank the ice shelf into 80 square kilometers in two days.
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Nowhere in the globe is the climate change is severe as the northern area over the last few years. For over three decades, the ice melts twice the rate of the global average. Despite the previous years, the temperature in the northern cap increased notably. The arctic witnessed an extensive loss of glaciers this year.
Researchers say that the collapse is not an immediate action. The rise in the temperature over the past years made the changes in the response of the glaciers and the ice shelves to the immediate fluctuations. This uprising variations in the heat and the climate change unleashed the highest potential of the glacier to collapse. The area experienced a record heat during this summer.
“Entire cities are that size. These are big pieces of ice, This was the largest remaining intact ice shelf, and it’s disintegrated. Basically, You feel like you’re on a sinking island chasing these features, and these are large features. It’s not as if it’s a little tiny patch of ice you find in your garden.” said Luke Copland, the senior glaciologist at the University of Ottawa. The latter is also a part of the research team studying the Milne Ice Shelf.
It is also expected the other two ice caps on Ellesmere – named Murray, and Simmons will collapse in less than ten years.