Environmental Disaster Ironically Collides With Oil Rig

2 01 2007

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In a masterstroke of irony, an ice shelf the size of Manhattan has broken off of the Arctic Coast, creeping vengefully towards oil production facilities in the Beaufort Sea. Along the way, it has melted ferociously, raising sea levels beyond 3 cm/kg/K—so high that even scientific jargon can not convey the scale of its devastation. Inhabitants of Northern Greenland have fled their homes in the smallest-ever-recorded diaspora in Western civilization. Exxon and Shell Oil executives have ordered employees to abandon their posts by March, 2014, when The Shelf is predicted to collide, at a glacial pace, with local oil rigs and natural gas factories.

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