. Earth Science News .

Glaciar theft: Chilean police recover stolen ice
by Staff Writers
Santiago (AFP) Jan 30, 2012

Police on Monday were investigating a criminal gang that allegedly stole blocks of ice from the Jorge Montt Glacier in southern Chile.

Agents with Chile's National Forest Service (CONAF) filed a legal complaint claiming that ice was being stolen from the glacier, located in the Chilean Patagonia region some 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles) south of Santiago.

Police in the southern city of Cochrane then swooped in on a truck loaded with five tons of ice and arrested the driver, the daily El Mercurio reported on its online edition.

The driver was arrested on charges of theft, but could also face charges of crimes against cultural heritage, said Cochrane prosecutor Jose Moris.

Police, who put the value of the stolen ice at $6,200, are on the lookout for the driver's accomplices.

The 454-square-kilometer (175 sq mi) Jorge Montt glacier is melting at a rate of a kilometer (0.6 miles) per year, making it one of the world's most visible milestones of global warming, researchers said in December.

The withering glacier is part of the 13,000-square-kilometer (5,020 square mile) Southern Ice Field, the third largest frozen landmass after Antarctica and Greenland, shared by Chile and Argentina.

Related Links
Beyond the Ice Age

Get Our Free Newsletters Via Email
Buy Advertising Editorial Enquiries


. Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Next Ice Age Delayed For Thousands Of Years Warn Scientists
Gainesville, FL (SPX) Jan 09, 2012
Unprecedented levels of greenhouse gases in the Earth's atmosphere are disrupting normal patterns of glaciation, according to a study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher and published online Jan. 8 in Nature Geoscience. The Earth's current warm period that began about 11,000 years ago should give way to another ice age within about 1,500 years, according to accepted astronomi ... read more

US Navy comes to rescue of Iranian fishing dhow

Japan studies flora and fauna near Fukushima plant

N.Z. quake bill to approach $25 bn: central bank

NOAA satellites aid in the rescue of 207 people in 2011

Harnessing the predictive power of virtual communities

Congolese inventor puts African tablet on sale

SciTechTalk: The smartphone debate

Catalyzing new uses for diesel by-products

UMass Amherst Ecologists among the First to Record and Study Deep-sea Fish Noises

Warming in the Tasman Sea a global warming hot spot

Report Taps into Innovative Financing to Secure Future for Sustainable Water Infrastructure

Scientists Aboard Iberian Coast Ocean Drilling Expedition Report Early Findings

Study may answer longstanding questions about Little Ice Age

Glaciar theft: Chilean police recover stolen ice

What really happened prior to 'Snowball Earth'?

Norway wants to block China from Arctic Council: report

Truckloads of Chinese rice enter N. Korea: activist

Overgrazed grasslands tied to locust outbreaks

S. America drought hits corn yields

Recent study by Mars underscores health benefits of cocoa flavanols

Tsunami debris survey launched northwest of Midway

Scores injured in Peruvian earthquake

Search goes on for thousands of Japan's tsunami missing

Flood survivors rebuild in Philippine danger zones

African Union unveils Chinese-built headquarters

Sudan army frees 14 'kidnapped' Chinese: report

New AU headquarters marks strong China-Africa ties

US Navy SEALs prove their mettle again

A glass of milk a day could benefit your brain

Following the first steps out of Africa

Japan's population to shrink two thirds by 2110

Arabia saw first humans out of Africa


The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP and UPI Wire Stories are copyright Agence France-Presse and United Press International. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement