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    Magnetic Field Anomaly: What are the implications of a field reversal?

    Magnetic Field Anomaly: What are the implications of a field reversal?

    Gizmodo- The north magnetic pole is moving 60km a year toward Russia, which means they’re stealing it. Or the Earth’s core is fluxing. Actually, nobody really knows what’s happening. I just hope it’s not a prelude to a catastrophic magnetic shift. Arnaud Chulliat – geophysicist at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris – says that there’s a mysterious magnetic plume that is pushing the north pole at an increasing speed. The plume comes from deep in the Earth’s core, says Chulliat, which is believed to be made of iron, with molten rock spinning around like a dynamo. This is what creates Earth’s magnetic field. I have to admit that these theories sound a lot more logic that my theory of a malfunction in the giant sphere that powers our home planet – the one full of gargantuan unobtanium-powered machines created by Atlantis’ scientists in 20,000BC – but whatever. Meanwhile, regular scientists have evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field flips every 300,000 years. The problem here is that 780,000 years have passed since the last polarity change, which means that a new shift could be imminent. There’s proof that the field’s strength is falling down at a very fast rate over the last two hundred years, a fact that has lead some experts to believe it could disappear completely over the next 1000 years before it flips. Other researchers believe that this is just a fluctuation in the field. If the first theory finally happens, the whole process will have catastrophic consequences to human civilization and nature. Without a magnetic field, nothing will protect us against space radiation. The weather will go completely gaga, and the Sun will fry all our communications and navigation services, not to talk about all of us. At the same time, countless migrational species will get lost, affecting food chains and causing mayhem through the entire planet. Fun, huh? But fret not, my dear Earthlings, as this may not be related to the acceleration of the pole movement. The only thing we know for sure is that the magnetic north pole has been moving since 1904 northeastward at 14km a year, accelerating in 1989 until it reached its current 55-60km a year speed in 2007. Chulliat says that it’s difficult to forecast when the pole will arrive to Russia, if it finally does. Gizmodo Article

    The Mystery of the alarming rise in sea animal Beachings

    “In the early 1980s, a British biologist named Margaret Klinowska first noticed a correlation between where whale strandings tended to occur along the coasts of England and where magnetic lineations written into the seafloor intersect those coasts. Whales, it seems, follow these magnetic lineations during migration (see Figure 3). "If that's your game plan, and you get off track, and you follow a sharp magnetic anomaly that curves and runs into the coast, bang, you end up on the beach," says Kirschvink. Because whales are very social, if the leader makes this mistake, so does its entire pod, hence the mass strandings. If whales can run into trouble when the field is reasonably strong, what might happen to them and other creatures that rely on it if the field becomes feeble or even flips? Hans Fromme had found in Frankfurt that when he placed his European robins into a steel chamber and reduced the strength of the ambient magnetic field by a third, the birds' flutterings were no longer directional. This suggested that the birds needed the magnetic field to be a certain intensity to be of use.” – NOVA

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    Ocean expansion: Scientists stunned at speed of erosion of Alaska coastline

    Ocean expansion: Scientists stunned at speed of erosion of Alaska coastline

    ALASKA- A new study indicates part of the northern Alaska coastline is eroding by up to 45 feet annually due to declining sea ice, warming seawater and increased wave activity. Time-lapse photography of crumbling Alaskan coastlines is helping scientists understand the "triple whammy" of forces eroding the local landscape: declining sea ice, warming ocean waters and more poundings by waves. The erosion rates from these forces are greater than anything seen along the world's coastlines, with the coast midway between Alaska's Point Barrow and Prudhoe Bay falling into the ocean in the inland direction by up to one-third the length of a football field annually, scientists have found. "This is pretty eye-popping," Robert Anderson of the University of Colorado at Boulder said here today at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The rates of erosion in these areas are several tens of meters per year, compared to other rocky coasts, where erosion rates would be closer to several millimeters or centimeters a year, Anderson said. "These rates are way out of whack," he said.

    This erosion is concerning to scientists not just for the indications it gives of the rate of global warming in the Arctic, but because the area is an important habitat for birds and other wildlife. While there are no towns in the specific area studied, coastal erosion threatens some abandoned military and petroleum structures. And areas that now aren't as close to the coast could find themselves threatened. "Even something 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) away could be dumped into the sea in a matter of years," Anderson said. –Live Science

    http://www.livescience.com/environme...e-warming.html
    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/20...-arctic-coast/
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    A major Antarctic glacier has passed its tipping point

    A major Antarctic glacier has passed its tipping point, according to a new modelling study. After losing increasing amounts of ice over the past decades, it is poised to collapse in a catastrophe that could raise global sea levels by 24 centimetres.

    Pine Island glacier (PIG) is one of many at the fringes of the West Antarctic ice sheet. In 2004, satellite observations showed that it had started to thin, and that ice was flowing into the Amundsen Sea 25 per cent faster than it had 30 years before.

    Now, the first study to model changes in the ice sheet in three dimensions shows that PIG has probably passed a critical "tipping point" and is irreversibly on track to lose 50 per cent of its ice in as little as 100 years, significantly raising global sea levels.

    The team that carried out the study admits their model can represent only a simplified version of the physics that govern changes in glaciers, but say that if anything, the model is optimistic and PIG will disappear faster than it projects.


    Major Antarctic glacier is 'past its tipping point' - environment - 13 January 2010 - New Scientist

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    Two Large Lakes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice

    By LiveScience Staff

    posted: 25 January 2006 09:10 pm ET

    Antarctica has at least 145 small lakes buried under its ice and one large one called Vostok. Now scientists have found the second and third largest known bodies of subsurface liquid water there.

    Exotic ecosystems frozen in time may thrive in the lakes, untouched for 35 million years, scientists said.

    Vostok has a surface area of 5,400 square miles. One of the newfound lakes measures 770 square miles in size, or roughly the size of Rhode Island. The other is about 620 square miles.

    Both sit under more than 2 miles of ice and are about a half-mile deep based on observed differences in gravity.
    full article here:Two Large Lakes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice | LiveScience

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    Weird Gravity in Canada Blamed on Hefty Glaciers

    By Jeanna Bryner, LiveScience Staff Writer

    posted: 10 May 2007 02:01 pm ET

    A mysterious dip in gravity over Canada has been a weighty topic for some scientists. Now satellite data reveal a thick ice sheet that once cloaked the region partially resolves this so-called gravitational anomaly.

    Scientists have known that the Hudson Bay region features lower gravity than surrounding areas. While two theories have emerged to explain the strange phenomenon, conclusive evidence has been elusive. One theory involved a change in the area's overlying glacial weight as the Laurentide Ice Sheet melted.

    The new results, reported in the May 11 issue of the journal Science, provide a crude map of the ice sheet’s structure as it was during the most recent ice age. Turns out, the now-melted ice left behind an imprint from which the Earth is still rebounding, and that imprint contributes to the weird gravity.

    "There are many uncertainties about the last ice age and its impact on the Earth," said one of the study’s researchers Jerry Mitrovica, a physicist at the University of Toronto. “We are able to show that the ghost of the ice age still hangs over North America."

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    Mark Tamisiea of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts and his colleagues relied on gravity-hunting gear: Between April 2002 and April 2006, they collected data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). The twin GRACE satellites work by taking advantage of the fact that gravity’s pull on an area is proportional to the mass sitting atop that area.

    GRACE’s satellites fly in tandem, constantly keeping track of the distance between them while taking measurements of gravity’s tug. As the front flyer passes above an area of spiked gravity, the satellite feels and reacts to the pull before the one trailing behind. The tiny jolt changes the distance between the two satellites, and microwave finders can nail down the distance within one micron—slightly smaller than a red blood cell, or 2,000 times tinier than a pinhead.

    “If the Earth were a perfect sphere, gravity would be the same everywhere around the sphere,” Tamisiea told LiveScience. But the Earth is not a perfect sphere. It’s lumpy; mass is distributed unevenly both inside the Earth and on its surface. Thus, gravity varies over different regions.

    Missing gravity

    Past studies and theoretical calculations have searched high and low for the missing gravity.

    According to one explanation, convection within the Earth’s mantle tows the continental plate downward. The problem with this theory is that such a process occurs on the order of a million years or so and wouldn’t show up in the GRACE measurements as they detect only geologically “quick” gravity changes on the order of years.

    Another theory blames the anomalous gravity on glacial rebounding, which occurs on much shorter time scales. During the last ice age, the two-mile-thick Laurentide Ice Sheet stretched from the Arctic down through eastern Canada to the northern half of the Midwestern United States, spanning 5 million square miles. The massive sheet pressed down on the Earth, deforming the crust somewhat like a Sumo wrestler on a trampoline surface.

    Even though the icy cover has all but vanished, the Earth still feels the burden and like a slowly rebounding memory-foam pillow, it has yet to snap back to its ice-free shape. The gravity measurements reveal that the slight deformation could explain about 25 to 45 percent of the unusually low gravity that has persisted over a large section of Canada.

    The rest of the “missing gravity” can be explained by some sort of mantle tugging, the scientists say.

    Two spots, to the west (Keewatin) and east (northern Quebec), showed greater gravity changes compared with surrounding regions, suggesting at least two large ice domes jutted up from the Laurentide Ice Sheet during the Late Pleistocene Epoch, Tamisiea said.

    The results will help scientists understand ice-sheet dynamics and how climate affects the mass and distribution of ice over the Earth. “Knowing there are the two domes gives us a way to put tighter constraints on how the ice sheet develops and evolves with changing climate,” Tamisiea said.

    Weird Gravity in Canada Blamed on Hefty Glaciers | LiveScience

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    Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

    Fri Feb 26, 9:05 AM 2010

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An iceberg the size of Luxembourg has broken off from a glacier in Antarctica after being rammed by another giant iceberg, scientists said on Friday, in an event that could affect ocean circulation patterns.
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    The 2,500 sq km (965 sq mile) iceberg broke off earlier this month from the Mertz Glacier's 160 km (100 miles) floating tongue of ice that sticks out into the Southern Ocean.

    The collision has since halved the size of the tongue that drains ice from the vast East Antarctic ice sheet.
    The article goes on to say how this will affect the salinity of the ocean
    full article here: Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier - Yahoo! Canada News

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    Earth's Magnetic North Pole Moving Toward Siberia At 37 Miles Per Year

    Earth's Magnetic North Pole Moving Toward Siberia At 37 Miles Per Year


    Paris, France (AHN) - A mysterious force is moving the Earth's north magnetic pole and no one is sure what is happening to cause changes to the magnetic core of this planet. All scientists know is that the north magnetic pole is marching toward Siberia at the speed of 37 miles per year.
    but what is causing it to move?

    Chulliat says that although no one can get close enough to the Earth's core to detect its magnetic field directly, that scientists can analyze data and make assumptions. He said that newly analyzed data suggests there is a region on the Earth's core that is experiencing rapid changes in magnetism. Scientist think it is being caused by a mysterious plume of magnetism that is coming from deep inside the core.
    source: Our Planet is Changing: Earth's Magnetic North Pole Moving Toward Siberia At 37 Miles Per Year

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    Earth Watch - North and South Poles

    Nine Arctic Nukes Exploded in Eighteen Hours

    By Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone
    Nine Arctic Nukes Exploded in Eighteen Hours by ZS Livingstone (Nov. 19, 2008)
    November 18, 2008

    Nine Arctic Nukes Exploded in Eighteen Hours by ZS Livingstone (Nov. 19, 2008)

    On November 17 and 18, 2008 nine H-Bombs were exploded below the Arctic Ocean near the North Magnetic Pole. I was unable to transfer this info from the IRIS Seismic Monitor, so I copied this information longhand and typed it back onto my computer.

    DATE TIME LATITUDE LONGITUDE MAGNITUDE DEPTH (Kilometers)

    17 Nov 2008 12:55:23 UT 79.66 -116.86 5.7 10.0
    17 Nov 2008 13:16:51 79.70 -115.78 4.7 10.0
    17 Nov 2008 13:40:11 79.70 -115.36 5.1 10.0
    17 Nov 2008 17:17:05 79.70 -115.78 4.7 10.0
    18 Nov 2008 03:59:49 79.61 -114.76 5.6 10.0
    18 Nov 2008 04:10:35 79.76 -115.70 5.1 10.0
    18 Nov 2008 04:52:51 79.74 -115.32 5.3 10.0
    18 Nov 2008 05:37:27 79.75 -115.33 4.9 10.0
    18 Nov 2008 07:05:12 79.78 -114. 69 4.7 10.0

    The North Magnetic Pole is about 80 degrees North and 104 degrees West and follows a circular 50 kilometer path each day. This area is north of Banks Island near the edge of the continental shelf and edging into the deeper waters of the Arctic Ocean. It is within Canadian waters.

    Checking IRIS WILBER system of seismographic readings I was able to see the distinctive peaks of underground nuclear explosions. No small tremors leading to the major event and few if any aftershocks. The area is seismically stable. None of the blasts appeared to trigger sympathetic tremors. The explosions were concentrated in an area about 16 kilometers by 16 kilometers (10 miles by 10 miles). The explosions were in the 5 to 10 Megaton range. All were 10 kilometers deep (6.2 miles).

    Such a concentration of explosions punched a hole in the crust and will allow petroleum from the bottom of the crust to leak into the Arctic Ocean. This could destroy life in large sections of the Arctic Ocean.

    The Russians blasted a similar hole in Siberia east of the Urals and soaked hundreds of square kilometers with crude oil. The forests are covered in oil. Also huge volumes of natural gas were vented into the atmosphere. For many years the flaring of the natural gas was the largest source of light on Earth to the astronauts and cosmonauts who flew over night time Siberia. That same field is now the source of natural gas supplied by pipeline to Germany and France. Deep hydrocarbons from this hole contributed to Russia becoming the largest petroleum exporter in the world ahead of Saudi Arabia.

    There is a possibility that the Department of Energy working with the oil companies and the Department of Defence, the likely culprits, were attempting to shift the North Magnetic Pole. Checking my compass I have not seen any shifts during the past few days. The flipping of the magnetic poles is happening as the field strength of the Earth is half of what is was centuries ago. There are other disturbances in the Earth's magnetic field indicating change is coming. Were they trying to accelerate the flipping of the poles? Were they trying to cause such calamity that martial law would be imposed? Were they trying to kill five to six billion people?

    ( I believe there is a way the poles can shift without causing problems.)

    Was there a possibility of nine nuke explosions causing the San Andreas fault in California to slip? There was an earthquake drill in California just prior to the explosions. Over the past decade "drills" appear to anticipate forthcoming terrorist events. There was a full moon on November 13 when the drill ended and there has been evidence published of the moon's tidal pull causing earthquakes in areas where crustal pressures are high. Usually the peak time for earthquakes is a few days before to a few days after the full and new moons. The nine explosions were three and four days after the full moon.

    (I believe some form of energy has neutralized many earthquakes.)

    Maybe Exxon/Mobil has a ship plying the Arctic Sea and accidentally discovers oil sticking to the underside the sea ice and since it is already leaking maybe the Government of Canada will allow exploration in the environmentally sensitive Arctic? Oops! Exxon/Mobil accidentally discovered huge reserves of petroleum, they simply ploughed into the stuff!

    Maybe Prime Minister Stephen Harper had no idea someone nuked a big hole in Canada? It would take a lot of effort to drill nine or more holes 10 kilometers deep. It would have taken years. There are large off-shore rigs in the Arctic Ocean. How many knew?

    Thousands of seismologists know nukes were detonated and have been very quiet.

    Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone

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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: KathyT
    To: Editor
    Sent: Monday, December 01, 2008
    Subject: 9 seismic events in the Artic

    Dear Ken,

    Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone said that "nine H-Bombs were exploded"... the H-Bomb is the largest nuclear bomb developed by the Russians. I think it could be some other kind of lesser bomb.

    Yes, it is confirmed that those nine readings were recorded on seismographs. USGS has them here. http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/qed/http:/....gov/neis/qed/

    I have posted some notes on the Project Avelon forum and the Above Top Secret forum to confirm the sequence of nine blasts.

    I am very interested in trying to find out how he thinks they are H-Bombs. I don't have anything to be published at your website, I'm just following through on my own research, and have posted verifications of those seismic events on the other forums so that people would know they did occur.
    Thanks.

    Kathy T

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    From: Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone

    Kathy,

    I do not have hard evidence regarding the size of the bombs. I remember reports of the Russian, American and French tests when seismologists were not under gag orders from The Department of Homeland Security.

    The Amchitka test was a MX type H-Bomb and in November 1971 caused a 5 Richter scale tremor at a mile depth.

    The French tests in the Marquesas Islands were H-Bombs of some sort and likewise caused 5 Richter Scale earthquakes.

    During the Cold War reports of underground Soviet test came out of Sweden and the guessed yield often was often in the 2 to 10 megaton of TnT range for 4 to 6 Richter scale blasts.

    The Sweden's also reported on the Nevada tests and reported that some of the tests in the late 1960s were over the 2 megaton yield cap on tests at that location as the test zone was 100 miles north of Las Vegas. All the pre 1970 casinos were damaged by large shocks.

    A Hiroshima 60,000 ton fission bomb underground would be in the 3 to 4 Richter range.

    The two tactical nukes used to take out the Twin Tower elevator shafts at the second floor underground caused 2 Richter scale shocks. These two blasts were simultaneous to the aircraft striking the towers. They were probably in the 5 to 10 tons of TnT range.

    The largest bomb was detonated in the air over Novaya Zemlya Siberia in 1962 its yield was guessed at 40 megatons. If that blast had occurred underground it would have been in the 7 to 8 Richter range.

    The Richter scale is logarithmic and a 6 Richter earthquake is 30 times greater than a 5 Richter scale quake.

    Definitely the nukes used in the Arctic were not the old style H-Bombs where the triggering smaller fission blast could be seen a split second before the larger fusion detonation on seismograph charts. The Wilber seismic reports showed just one large spike and few aftershocks. The bombs may not be of the old H-Bomb type but some sort of newer technology. The quakes were between 4.7 and 5.7 Richter a thirty-fold difference in yield. Nukes are fickle as identical devices explode with different yields. The nine nukes may have been identical but the yields were not.

    The Bikini H-Bomb test was supposed to been equivalent to 8 megatons but resulted in a 14 megaton explosion sinking ships surrounding the atoll and toppling over a concrete observation bunker on the far side of the island. Predicting nuke yields is not an exact science. The scientists said, "The blast got away from them." The theory taught in school is not what the scientists experience when setting nukes off.

    There appear to have been nukes detonated under the Gulf of Mexico during the past few years. Last year in Cuban waters there was a single 5 Richter quake 10 kilometers deep at roughly 84 degrees West 24 degrees North. A few months ago the Cubans announced the discovery of a large oil field in the same area. That quake may have been a Russian nuke. There were four other quakes in USA and Mexican waters during the past few years at 93W 22N, 95W 24N, 90W 27N and 86W 26N. The Gulf is not a seismically active zone.

    Exploding nukes below the ocean floor is extremely dangerous as the ocean floor crust is thin. There could be huge amounts of natural gas and petroleum released causing all manner of problems including tsunamis.

    In James Churchwards 1931 "Lost Continent of Mu" he reports that Lemuria sank due to the release of large volumes of "gas" from volcanic islands dotting the South Pacific. Could the release of petroleum and natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico sink the Mississippi Valley?

    Zuerrnnovahh-Starr Livingstone

    Nine Arctic Nukes Exploded in Eighteen Hours by ZS Livingstone (Nov. 19, 2008)
    Last edited by day; March 2nd, 2010 at 06:50 PM.

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    Re: Earth Watch - North and South Poles

    Security Council Suspects U.S. Behind 'Seismic Event' in Antarctica

    UNITED NATIONS (AMP) — The U.N. Security Council said Friday that Russia detected a "seismic event" eight weeks ago in the vicinity of an alleged American military base in Antarctica just hours before a huge chunk of ice twice the size of Delaware broke off from the Ross Ice Shelf.

    The U.N. is trying to determine whether the U.S. carried out a nuclear test in violation of the international Antarctic Treaty. The treaty, which entered into force in 1961, establishes Antarctica as a zone of peace and bans all military activities, including the testing of weapons.

    "The March 23 'event' had explosive characteristics," said a spokesman for the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry. "It was not a natural event, but we as yet cannot determine whether it was a nuclear test. We are still analyzing the data."

    The U.S. has steadfastly denied the existence of a secret military base or weapons testing on the "peace continent" despite persistent accusations from the Russians and some environmental organizations. Nevertheless, Russian observers believe the American base to be located 300 miles east of their remote base at Vostok Station and 300 miles northwest of Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole. That would put the site inside the heart of the ancient continent's interior snow deserts — charted by air but never by foot.

    "Like everybody else we're certainly concerned about global warming and the possible breakup of the ice pack at the South Pole," said a spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department's Joint Chiefs of Staff. "But unlike our Russian counterparts we have detected no seismic activity beneath the ice in Antarctica. And the idea that the U.S. or any country would intentionally generate seismic activity in the world's most fragile epicenter is quite frankly ludicrous."

    The spokesman went on to suggest the Russian accusation was nothing more than diplomatic tit-for-tat. In 1997 Washington accused Moscow of carrying out its own nuclear test blast near its top-of-the-world base at Novaya Zemlya, located above the Arctic Circle. Moscow denied the charges.

    The "seismic event" in Antarctica occurred on March 23. Hours later one of the largest chunks of ice on record — 183 miles by 22 miles — broke off the Ross Ice Shelf. According to the National Science Foundation, which coordinates American research at the South Pole, the iceberg has a surface area of about 4,247 square miles and is among the largest ever observed.

    The iceberg could pose some danger if it eventually drifts into shipping lanes around the South Polar Region. But more alarming to scientists and environmentalists is what the recent breakup portends for the greater West Antarctica ice sheet. A collapse or meltdown could raise ocean levels by a cataclysmic 20 feet globally, putting most of Florida and Manhattan underwater and wiping out many of the world's coastal cities.

    Security Council Suspects U.S. Behind 'Seismic Event' in Antarctica

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    Re: Earth Watch - North and South Poles

    Massive Ice Shelf 'May Collapse without Warning'

    The Ross Ice Shelf, a massive piece of ice the size of France, could break off without warning causing a dramatic rise in sea levels, warn New Zealand scientists working in Antarctica.

    A New Zealand-led ice drilling team has recovered three million years of climate history from samples which gives clues as to what may happen in the future.


    A New Zealand frigate sails past the Ross Ice Shelf in 1999. An iceberg warning has been issued for ships in the Southern Ocean after more than 100 were sighted just south of New Zealand.(AFP/File)
    Initial analysis of sea-floor cores near Scott Base suggest the Ross Ice Shelf had collapsed in the past and had probably done so suddenly.

    The team's co-chief scientist, Tim Naish, told The Press newspaper the sediment record was important because it provided crucial evidence about how the Ross Ice Shelf would react to climate change, with potential to dramatically increase sea levels.

    "If the past is any indication of the future, then the ice shelf will collapse," he said.

    "If the ice shelf goes, then what about the West Antarctic Ice Sheet? What we've learnt from the Antarctic Peninsula is when once buttressing ice sheets go, the glaciers feeding them move faster and that's the thing that isn't so cheery."

    Antarctica stores 70 per cent of the world's fresh water, with the West Antarctic Ice Sheet holding an estimated 30 million cubic kilometres.

    In January, British Antarctic Survey researchers predicted that its collapse would make sea levels rise by at least 5m, with other estimates predicting a rise of up to 17m.

    Massive Ice Shelf 'May Collapse without Warning'

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