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Chunk breaks off Arctic ice shelf

August 02, 2008|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Giant sheets of ice totaling almost 8 square miles broke off an ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic last week, and more could follow this year, scientists said Tuesday.

The ice broke away from the shelf on small Ward Hunt Island, just off giant Ellesmere Island in one of the northernmost parts of Canada. It was the largest fracture of its kind since the nearby Ayles ice shelf, which measured 25 square miles, broke away in 2005.

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