Milne Ice Shelf: Satellites capture Arctic ice split


  • High temperatures in the Canadian Arctic led to the collapse of the country’s last intact ice shelf recently.

Key Details

  • The Milne ice shelf was located on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.
  • It shrank by 80 square kilometres or 40 per cent of its area at the end of July.
  • Temperatures in the region were five degrees Celsius above the 30-year average.
  • It is the second largest ice shelfin the Arctic Ocean. Situated on the north-west coast of Ellesmere Island.
  • Ice shelves are the floating fronts of glaciers that have flowed off the land into the sea.

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