Researchers from Canada recorded that the country’s last pristine glacier lost 40% of its volume and collapsed into the ocean. This is due to the record high temperatures in this area.
The last completely intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic collapsed into the ocean, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days. The Milne Glacier is located on the edge of Ellesmere Island, in the sparsely populated northern territory of Canada.
The glacier lost 43% of its volume in two days. A piece of ice about 80 square meters in size broke off the shelf. km is more than the area of all Manhattan in New York. Researchers worry that the melting of Arctic sea ice will raise sea levels and pose a serious threat to thousands of marine species.
“The reasons are obvious: the air temperature is above normal, sea winds and open water also affect the glacier. This glacier was huge in size – it was similar in size to an entire city. This is a huge piece of ice”.
Luke Copland, a glaciologist at the University of Ottawa
Scientists estimate that the shelf was five degrees warmer this summer than the 1981-2010 average. This has led to the acceleration of global warming in this area, it passes two to three times faster than in other parts of the planet. Experts note that other glaciers will face the same processes in the coming decades.
Researchers have not yet been able to get to the glacier to take samples, but they constantly observed it using satellite images and other technologies. “We were lucky that we were not on the ice shelf when this happened, otherwise our camp and all equipment would have been destroyed,” the scientists said.