Friday, September 5, 2008

Melting ice shelves not affecting High Arctic hamlet: resident

Reports of Arctic ice shelves rapidly melting this summer are not alarming Inuit living on Ellesmere Island, said one resident of the High Arctic.

Earlier this week, researchers from Ontario, Quebec and the United States said the ice shelves on the northern coast of Ellesmere Island were reduced by 214 square kilometres — about 23 per cent of the total area of Canada's ice shelves — this past summer.

The entire Markham ice shelf broke away in early August, while large sections of the Serson and Ward Hunt ice shelves have also been lost.

But Grise Fiord resident Larry Audlalak told CBC News that those dramatic changes have not been evident on the southern tip of Ellesmere Island, where the Nunavut community is located.

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