The Markham Ice Shelf, which split off from Ellesmere Island in 2008 and has been adrift in the Arctic Ocean ever since.

Markham Ice Shelf, Adrift

ICTMN Staff
5/29/11

Recent reports of melting Arctic ice have grabbed headlines. But in 2008, a Manhattan-sized chunk of ice, the Markham Ice Shelf, detached from Ellesmere Island and started drifting around the Arctic Ocean, according to Planetsave.com. The size of that chunk was 19 square miles, and it was joined by two others that split off from the Serson Ice Shelf, the environmental website Planetsave said. The 47-square-mile pieces totaled 60 percent of the shelf. Now we are grappling with even more ice loss, with predictions that summer ice will be a thing of the past this century, according to the State of the Arctic Coast report, released in April.

See this CBC News report of the 2008 ice-shelf split.

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