http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNew...29?hub=SciTechGiant ice shelf breaks free from Canadian Arctic
Updated Fri. Dec. 29 2006 9:08 AM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
A giant ice shelf the size of 11,000 football fields has snapped free from Canada's Arctic, leaving behind a trail of floating icy boulders. Scientists said the mass of ice broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, in Canada's remote north. However, no one witnessed the dramatic spectacle, which took place about 800 kilometres south of the North Pole.
Scientists using satellite images later noticed that it became a newly formed ice island in just an hour. Laval University's Warwick Vincent, who studies Arctic conditions, travelled to the new ice island and couldn't believe what he saw. "It was extraordinary," Vincent said Thursday. "This is a piece of Canadian geography that no longer exists."