An 11-year comparison of Marion and Prince Edward Islands indicate the disappearing ice cap. A SPOT-2 false colour composite satellite image, acquired in May 1998, and an EO-1 ALI image, acquired in May 2009, demonstrate the changes in snow cover within an 11-year period. The disappearance of the ice cap at these islands is astounding – this is visible evidence of the consequences of climate change. Studies conducted at the islands have indicated that between 1948 and 2009, about 42-million cubic meters of ice melted from the mountain top. Furthermore, the ice continues to melt at a rate of between 1 to 1.5m every year.

"This is visible evidence
of the consequences
of climate change."

Prince Edward Islands. SPOT-2, Copyright © CNES 2002, Distribution Airbus DS / Spot Image. All rights reserved. EO-1 ALI: NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Al-len, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team and the United States Geo-logical Survey.

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