Glacial, Icecap and Permafrost Melting: Antarctica, 2008 All of the images in this series on Antarctica were taken in the area of the Antarctic Peninsula just one week before a large section of the Wilkins Ice Shelf disintegrated. Scientists are studying rapid warming in the area. Other parts of Antarctica have not shown warming and there is a question whether overall ice mass on the continent is increasing. These puzzles make Antarctica one of the most carefully watched locations when it comes to understanding what to expect from climate change. Ice increase in parts of Antarctica and regional warming are not necessarily inconsistent with climate models predicting global warming.