An ice bridge holding a vast Antarctic ice shelf in place has shattered and may herald a wider collapse caused by global warming, a scientist said Saturday.

“It’s amazing how the ice has ruptured,” said David Vaughan, a glaciologist with the British Antarctic Survey. “Two days ago it was intact,” he said, referring to a satellite image of the Wilkins ice shelf.

The satellite picture, by the European Space Agency, showed that a strip of ice about 25 miles long that is believed to pin the ice shelf in place had snapped.

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  1. #1 Jadehawk
    April 6, 2009

    the ice bridge collapse is a hoax, perpetrated by the pinko Europeans to stifle the economic development of America!!!!11!

  2. #2 NewEnglandBob
    April 6, 2009

    One can’t get decent ice bridges now-a-days.

    Back in the old days, they were made slowly and with care and precision.

    Now they just pump out cheap knockoffs in China and South Korea.