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Canadian Arctic's last fully intact ice shelf collapses

Aug 07, 2020 13:00 IST

The Milne Ice Shelf, which was the Canadian Arctic's last 'fully intact' ice shelf just collapsed, losing approximately 40% of its area in just two days towards the end of July. Located in the Northern Canadian territory of Nunavut, it seems like offshore winds and above normal temperature led to the collapse, according to the Canadian Ice Service. The last 30 years have seen the Arctic warm at twice the global rate due to what is known as "Arctic amplification". Canadian Arctic summer this year has been 5 degree Celsius above the average temperature for the last 30 years. This has majorly threatened smaller ice caps.