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Northern ice front of Wilkins Ice Shelf is becoming unstable
Following the loss of an ice bridge on the Antarctic Wilkins Ice Shelf, the northern ice front is now becoming unstable. The first icebergs broke off at this point on 20 April 2009. This was observed by scientists using the TerraSAR-X Earth observation satellite operated by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). "We anticipate that, over the next days and weeks, an area of 570 to 3370 square kilometres will break away before – hopefully – a new and more stable northern ice front will form", states Dr Angelika Humbert, a glaciologist at the University of Münster's Geophysics Institute.
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Last update: 04/11/2009 15:53:15
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