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Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses


WASHINGTON (AP) -- A chunk of Antarctic ice nine times the size of Manhattan has suddenly collapsed, putting an even larger glacial area at risk.

Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 220-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica.

British scientist David Vaughan says it's the result of global warming.

The rest of the Connecticut-sized ice shelf is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice and scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995.

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Comment by pacattack05 - March 25, 2008, 3:25 pm
There's an ice age aproximately every 11,500 years. We are nearing the end of that time line. It's actually getting colder not warmer.

BTW...There were no SUVs 11,000 years ago, and 11,000 years before that...lol
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - March 25, 2008, 6:58 pm
It would appear to be common sense when an ice shelf gains weight over the years that it would eventually break free from its own weight at its weakest point.
ToddComment by Todd - March 25, 2008, 11:06 pm
pac has this one nailed. Did you all know that for the past few years (I believe it's since 2003) that we have begun a cooling trend? This was the coldest winter since 2001. Too bad you gotta read blogs and non-traditional media sources to find this out.
jarasanComment by jarasan - March 25, 2008, 11:23 pm
Cold as ice. Foreigner 1978. Todd, JAP69, pac, jarasan all agree. Priceless.
jarasanComment by jarasan - March 25, 2008, 11:37 pm
Cold day in?
LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - March 26, 2008, 12:45 am
great song,love foreigner.cold as ice,hot blooded,etc.
justxploringComment by justxploring - March 26, 2008, 1:57 am
Since I can't disagree. I guess I just have to read and weep. BTW Pac, don't you know what happened to the dinosaurs?

LOTTOMIKEComment by LOTTOMIKE - March 26, 2008, 2:03 am
just got through watching this on youtube......

Comment by pacattack05 - March 26, 2008, 8:20 am
Justx, yes I do know. It's already been proven that there is a thin layer of Iridium in a layer of rock in mountains at the same height all over the world. Lithium is the most common element found in Meteors and Asteroids.

When you have one of those rocks that are 10 miles wide hitting the earth, at 40,000 miles a minute, bad things happen...lol
TenajComment by Tenaj - March 26, 2008, 9:22 am
jarasan just because a group of people get together and agree on something doesn't make it true or priceless. Even the experts who have the knowledge and have studied for many years don't agree on global warming. They do their best with data and stats and I think kudos went to Al Gore.    After all, it's about the safety and health of our planet, right. That should be the main concern.

And what gets me is that there are people who turn global warming into something political just because they hate the person who got kudos for their take on it and whether it's true or not is not a concern, just disproving it is because he said it.

Global Warming is not new but disbelief in it took on furiously when the name Al Gore was attached to. As far as presenting facts, they can always be twisted and presented in a way to prove a point.

There was a test on "how much do you know about global warming" and talk about leaning toward disproving that the earth is warming. I couldn't help but chuckle. Each question was geared towards how cold the earth was getting. The test taker was unaware that it was slanted and 10 different questions could easily proven the opposite. So whether you believe the earth is warming or cooling is up to the person but when the only reason to disprove it is political I think is - I won't insult.
jarasanComment by jarasan - March 26, 2008, 9:40 am
T: I was being facetious, lighten up. AlGore invented the internet, if it wasn't for him we wouldn't be having this discussion and we would never hit Pick 3 under sniper fire.
time*treatComment by time*treat - March 26, 2008, 10:34 am
Where was all this water before it became the ice that is piled up in Antarctica? ;-)
jarasanComment by jarasan - March 26, 2008, 10:44 am
Which begs the question: Where was the water before it was here? History Channel says: Comets, lots of comets.
Comment by pacattack05 - March 26, 2008, 2:44 pm
Water is made of of 2 parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. When early Earth was forming, it was too hot for water vapor to condense. As the Earth cooled, the vapors condensed into water. Hydrogen and oxygen can not exist together as water in a very hot climate which is past the boiling point. But when it's cool enough water is formed. Actually, water vapor is really water technically because the droplets are very small, but we don't call it water. If you split one molecule of water in half, then you have hydrogen and oxygen, no longer water.

Some rocks that were found in Austrailia, dated back over 4 billion years showed water during it's existence back then. Even some crystal rocks have shown to contain water in little pockets within the rock. Some clays have water too. And of course many many comets, as Jarasan stated.
TenajComment by Tenaj - March 26, 2008, 4:40 pm
jarasan - There is always a certain amount of truth when someone says "just kidding"

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