The fringes of the coldest continent are starting to feel the heat, with the northern Antarctic Peninsula warming faster than virtually any place on Earth. These rapidly rising temperatures represent the first breach in the enormous frozen dome that holds 90 percent of the world’s ice. READ MORE

 

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The Wilkins Ice Shelf on the western Antarctic Peninsula is the latest of eight ice shelves along both sides of the peninsula that have fully or partially disintegrated in recent decades. In 1978, well-known geologist John H. Mercer predicted such collapses, saying it would be a sign that warming from greenhouse gas emissions had hit Antarctica. (NASA)

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