An Antarctic ice shelf is on the brink of collapse with just a sliver of ice holding it in place, the latest victim of global warming that is altering maps of the frozen continent.
David Vaughan, a glaciologist at the British Antarctic Survey, told Reuters after the first -- and probably last -- plane landing near the narrowest strip of ice that the feature is 'in its death throes.'
Jan 21, 2009
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A leading member of the U.N. Climate Panel David Vaughan is recording what he says are worrying signs of glacier melt adding to world sea levels.
Vaughan, a glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey, made his remarks to Reuters in an open speedboat crossing a bay on the Antarctic Peninsula which had been blanketed by ice for thousands of years but is now open water.
The bay is fed by the small Sheldon Glacier which Vaughan used to illustrate his concerns to Reuters correspondent on the scene Stuart McDill.