7/25/2006

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This satellite im shows the Arctic sea ice spread on September 21, 2005, when it dropped to the lowest extent yet recorded. The yellow outline indicates where the concentration of ice was as of September 21, 1979.
Photo: AFP
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OK, that's the arctic, not for the Antartic.

Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Melting Rapidly

New Study Warns Of Rising Sea Levels

Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 3, 2006; Page A01

The Antarctic ice sheet is losing as much as 36 cubic miles of ice a year in a trend that scientists link to global warming, according to a new paper that provides the first evidence that the sheet's total mass is shrinking significantly.




http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/02/AR2006030201712.html

15 comments:

AndyRand said...

CATO:
Before you claim I flipped the world upside down.
Yes I know you said Antartic not Artic.

Cato said...

Yes there is one part of the antartic that is melting rapidly. But it's I believe 3% of the ice mass. The rest of it is growing. I will find the studies, I just have to go looking for them and I am quite busy...

Cato said...

It's the "horn" looking peninsula that is calving ice and makes the news.

There are glaciers in this world that grow by 100 ft per day.

451 said...

Where are those glaciers located? In Fred Barne's and Steve Milloy's labs at Exxon headquarters?

AndyRand said...

CATO:

Don't you find it interesting that we
tend to look for "research" that justifies our respective political polarity?
Honestly, for the skeptic, this kind of science and political brew makes it
really hard to ascertain what is true and what matches one's bias.

Cato said...

451, no they are located all over the globe.

I'm sorry, surging glaciers can go up to 100m per day, not feet.

451 said...

Cato:

There you go...adding more misinformation to the debate.

Cato said...

Misinformation? Google "surging glaciers."

I'm sure you'll say that the first is old, back when we were worried about an ice age coming (in other words, just a few decades ago). So then go look in the Icelandic links. All new stuff. Glaciers advance by 100s of meters per day all the time. They also retreat. They've done so before the evil that is mankind.

451 said...

No...meters v. feet. To those of us who were well prepared for the coming meteric system -- back in the early 1970s -- we know the difference. Don't try to dodge my point of misinformation with some petty fact scoop out of the vast information drainage ditch known as Google. At least I can admit that anything you see me post here was made up by me. At least I can trust myself. I used to be a Boy Scout and I still stick with the motto.

Cato said...

Ha. I thought everyone knew, but for those among us who do not:

100 METERS is approx. 100 YARDS which is 300 FEET.

Happy now?

AndyRand said...

CATO:

I don't know what decade you remember people being worried about the next ice age. In the mid 60's I had teachers tell me the ice shelves could melt and
flood N.Y. and the next war would be about oil.

Cato said...

"
Climatologists are pessimistic that political leaders will take any positive action to compensate for the climatic change, or even to allay its effects. They concede that some of the more spectacular solutions proposed, such as melting the Arctic ice cap by covering it with black soot or diverting arctic rivers, might create problems far greater than those they solve. But the scientists see few signs that government leaders anywhere are even prepared to take the simple measures of stockpiling food or of introducing the variables of climatic uncertainty into economic projections of future food supplies. The longer the planners delay, the more difficult will they find it to cope with climatic change once the results become grim reality."

Thank goodness we didn't! haha. Oh... that was from April 28, 1975 Newsweek. I have Lexis Nexis and you probabbly don't...

451 said...

Cato:

You humor is always appreciated here. I am only looking out for the younger generation who might stumble on this site through a keying error involving a MySpace.com address. In the event that they figured out that our coin/cash system works just like the metric system, I wouldn't want them getting confused when the graduate with PhDs and end up being contract workers at McDonalds store in Bombay.

AndyRand said...

In anycase, lowering emmissions is unlikely to be a bad thing. Kinda like
airbags.

AndyRand said...

Sorry, I meant lower emmissions ARE unlikely to be a bad thing. Kinda like
airbags.

Man, that was bad. I pick on people for less.