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COLLAPSE OF CANADA’S MILNE SHELF

COLLAPSE OF CANADA’S MILNE SHELF

Coming as the latest warning to the rapid climate change and rise in  temperature in recent times, the Milne shelf has collapsed into the Arctic last week, losing nearly half of the total area.

The milne shelf is at the  northern tip of the former Ellesmere Ice shelf, located in the Qikiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut, Canada on the north-west coast of Ellesmere Island. With an area of 290 km² and central thickness of 100m, as calculated in 1986, it is the second longest Ice shell in the Arctic Ocean and had been the last intact ice shelf of the Canadian Arctic, until July 2o2o

As a result of global warming, about 43% of the Milne Ice shelf collapsed on July 30th and 31st 2020, which further broke into two large chunks while drifting in the Arctic sea. The collapse has resulted in the area of the ice shelf to shrink to 80km², an area ⅔rd the size of Vancouver.

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