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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.
Beyond the Ice Age
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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
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