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Icy Surface of Adelaide Island, Antarctica

67.1S 68.1W

January 25th, 2013 Category: Climate Change

Antarctica – January 7th, 2013

Although it may be connected to Antarctica by an ice bridge, the large land mass on the left side of the image is in fact an island: Adelaide Island, also known as  Isla Adelaida and Isla Belgrano. The island is mostly ice-covered, and is 75 miles (121 km) long and 20 miles (32 km) wide. Parts of the island, in particular the Fuchs Ice Piedmont – ice covering a coastal strip of low-lying land backed by mountains extending in a northeast–southwest direction along the entire west coast of the island – are being affected by climate change. Scientists have reported atmospheric warming causing inscreasingly early summer melting on the island, leading the snow-covered surface of the ice piedmont to deteriorate over the years.

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