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Are we the Clever Country?: January 2008

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Big Trouble in West Antarctica - Ice Shelves Rapidly Melting

In an article by Leigh Dayton in The Australian on 15th January, 2008 -- Scientists are alarmed about an estimated 200 billion tonnes of ice that melted from the West Antarctic Ice Shelf [WAIS] in 2006.

Hobart based glaciologist, Ian Allison, with the Australian Antarctic Division and the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre, comments"

"This work suggests that the ice flow is accelerating," Dr Allison said.

"It's worrying because ... the changes are happening due to processes we don't understand."

I spoke in March, 2008 with another scientist, Dr Ross Edwards, from the Desert Research Institute in the US, who is conducting further research into these 'unknown processes', as stated by Ian Allison.