Ayles Ice Shelf


General Location:

Ayles Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: The Atlas of Canada, 2007

Latitude/Longitude:

83°1.5′N 77°33.5′W

Characteristics:


History:

A lage section of the Ayles Ice Shelf began to break apart from the rest of the Ice Shelf on August 13 2005. The broken section, known as the Ayles Ice Island, is approximately 66 km^2 in area, with dimensions of 15 km x 5km. It is also between 30 and 40 m thick. This separation was discovered almost by accident by Laurie Weir, while performing a scheduled check of the eastern Arctic for the Canadian Ice Service.
Source: Environment Canada, 2007

The separation of the Ayles Ice Island actually registered as an earthquake at a monitoring station 150 miles away.
Source: ScienceDaily, 2006

Ayles Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: Environment Canada, 2007


The following is an animation of the above series of photos.
Ayles Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: HeartSpring.net, 2006

Additional Photos:

The Ayles Ice Island is drifting in a southwest direction and was estimated to be located at 85.5N, 85.5W on February 6, 2007.
Source: Environment Canada, 2007

Ayles Ice Shelf - Canadian Glacier Inventory Project
Source: Canadian Space Agency, 2007



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