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Antarctic Glaciers Sliding Into Sea Fast

September 25, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Glaciers once held up by a floating ice shelf off Antarctica are now sliding off into the sea -- and they are going fast, scientists said Tuesday.

Two separate studies from climate researchers and NASA show the glaciers are flowing into Antarctica's Weddell Sea, freed by the 2002 breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf. Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the researchers said nearby glaciers were flowing up to eight times faster after the collapse of the ice shelf. The affected area is at the far northern tip of the Antarctic, just south of Chile and Argentina.

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