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Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future
redOrbit ^ | March 21, 2012

Posted on 03/22/2012 8:47:03 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Scientists looked back in time – in the geologic record – to see the future

Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)–as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends–future generations will likely have to deal with a completely different world.

One with sea levels 40 to 70 feet higher than at present, according to research results published this week in the journal Geology.

The scientists, led by Kenneth Miller of Rutgers University, reached their conclusion by studying rock and soil cores taken in Virginia, New Zealand and the Eniwetok Atoll in the north Pacific Ocean.

They looked at the late Pliocene epoch, 2.7 million to 3.2 million years ago, the last time the carbon dioxide level in Earth’s atmosphere was at its current level and when atmospheric temperatures were 2 C higher than they are now.

“The difference in water volume released is the equivalent of melting the entire Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheets, as well as some of the marine margin of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet,” said H. Richard Lane, program director in the National Science Foundation‘s Division of Earth Sciences, which funded the work.

“Such a rise of the modern oceans would swamp the world’s coasts and affect as much as 70 percent of the world’s population.”

“You don’t need to sell your beach real estate yet, because melting of these large ice sheets will take centuries to millennia,” Miller said.

(Excerpt) Read more at redorbit.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: doomsayers; greenscare; hysteria; junkscience; manbearpig
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1 posted on 03/22/2012 8:47:09 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is that even possible? Is there even that much ice on the planet?


2 posted on 03/22/2012 8:48:33 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 8:52:00 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


4 posted on 03/22/2012 8:52:00 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: GeronL
There is the issue of thermal expansion as well...
5 posted on 03/22/2012 8:53:05 PM PDT by stormer
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To: GeronL
There is the issue of thermal expansion as well...
6 posted on 03/22/2012 8:53:12 PM PDT by stormer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nonsense. The seas stopped rising in November 2008.


7 posted on 03/22/2012 8:54:16 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a bunch of BS. These Libs just can’t give up on the dream of an apocalypse just to show us how wrong we all were. Just for these idiots, I am going to do burn outs in on of my big block V8’s this weekend just for fun.


8 posted on 03/22/2012 8:56:07 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow, that global warming stuff is a hard lie to kill.


9 posted on 03/22/2012 8:56:07 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Free ThinkerNY; stormer

I don’t think 2 degrees would do that


10 posted on 03/22/2012 9:00:14 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future ...”

...or they might not.

Additionally, giant bunnies might deliver me milkshakes every day for the rest of my life.

It could happen!


11 posted on 03/22/2012 9:00:37 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"Could" Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future

There is always that canard "could" given by most "experts". You can find just as many experts that will dispute any of these arguments.

12 posted on 03/22/2012 9:01:32 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

It happens in a cycle, every 24,000 years or so. Ice age, temperate, hot house, ice age. Like clock work.


13 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:08 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Obama was supposed to stop all this! We’re doomed! Doomed!


14 posted on 03/22/2012 9:04:29 PM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Duh, I'll just get a 71 foot boat.

15 posted on 03/22/2012 9:06:10 PM PDT by I see my hands (It's time to.. KICK OUT THE JAMS, MOTHER FREEPERS!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If Obama gets re-elected in November, it really doesn’t matter if the sea level were to rise 1000 feet.


16 posted on 03/22/2012 9:07:11 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: GeronL; blam

You know, if the globe gets warmer over time, it is not really a big deal. We all farm canada, instead of texas.

Big deal. South pole become a swamp again, oxygen levels go up.

Sure, Florida goes under water - so what? Dumb place to build, on a sandbar.

On the other hand, let the globe go 3C colder - and most of the human race will die. In fact, it is estimated that less than 10K humand on the planet survived that last time.

Blam?


17 posted on 03/22/2012 9:08:32 PM PDT by patton (DateDiff)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

And monkeys COULD fly out of my butt.


18 posted on 03/22/2012 9:09:13 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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The melting in Antarctica accelerates enormously when the temperature rises from -40 ºF to -38 ºF.


19 posted on 03/22/2012 9:14:36 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: lurk

It’s a real zombie.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 9:26:01 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What was faster then a short block Chevy when the city of Atlantis went below sea level?


21 posted on 03/22/2012 9:27:40 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Obama has finally found a state issue he doesn't want the fed to take over. Arresting Zimmerman.)
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To: dsrtsage

LMAO!


22 posted on 03/22/2012 9:28:28 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Or, we could have another ice age and sea levels drop 300+ feet...

How come the only mention of possibilities with liberals is in the direction of their agenda...

23 posted on 03/22/2012 9:31:44 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

However, the actual shoreline doesn’t change much because, as the ice melts, the land underneath rises and brings the shoreline up as well. Effectively, the shape of the ocean bed changes and the shoreline stays pretty much where it ever was.


24 posted on 03/22/2012 9:33:34 PM PDT by Cruising Speed
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To: Lazlo in PA

A man after my own heart! I have a 77 Ford F-250 FWD truck that gets an honest 10 MPG. I may just decide to take it out this weekend and tear up lots of BLM land with it.


25 posted on 03/22/2012 9:34:49 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: ltc8k6
Nonsense. The seas stopped rising in November 2008.
I BELIEVE! The One saved us!
26 posted on 03/22/2012 9:37:37 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Not if the water keeps draining off the edge of the world.


27 posted on 03/22/2012 9:44:49 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Lazlo in PA

About a year or two Ted Danson confessed that he “exaggerated” about the oceans dying in 20 years when he made the claim in the mid-1980s. He said it was necessary to stir people to action.

The Green Scare is less grounded in fact than the so-called hysteria of the “Red Scare”. And its the same 2 sides still going against each other.


28 posted on 03/22/2012 9:48:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; All

29 posted on 03/22/2012 9:49:28 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Free ThinkerNY
MEDIA BS ALERT:

Equally valid title:

SCIENCE SHOCKER: Global Sea Level May Fall 70 Feet

MEDIA WEASEL WORD IN ORIGINAL: "Could".

Anything at all, "could" happen.

30 posted on 03/22/2012 9:50:49 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network ("The door is open" PALIN 2012)
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To: GeronL

Sure, it’s possible, since sea levels have been both much higher and much lower in the past. Still, we’re in an interglacial period, and it’s just as possible that the ice sheets could start growing again and the sea levels would drop, opening up coastal areas that have been underwater for millenia.


31 posted on 03/22/2012 9:52:34 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Free ThinkerNY
There will be an apocalypse one day, but it won't be by water...

2 Peter 3:7-12
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

32 posted on 03/22/2012 9:53:10 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: wjcsux
77 Ford F-250 FWD truck that gets an honest 10 MPG.

I got you beat. My '69 Caddy Ragtop gets 5 MPG with the air on. I have an old Motor Trend comparing the '69 DeVille, Imperial and Benz 4.5. A traveling salesman is quoted saying he loves the Caddy, but he has to fill it up twice a day to get around to his clients. About 15 years ago I did the same thing when I was in sales and low and behold, the dude was right. I had to stop twice that day to get around. LOL.

33 posted on 03/22/2012 9:56:20 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In the future, we all die.


34 posted on 03/22/2012 10:08:02 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (A society that becomes more Muslim eventually becomes less everything else.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bibliographic Entry Result
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Standardized
Result
New Book of Popular Science. Volume 2. Danbury: Grolier, 1996: 261. "The massive Greenland ice cap averages 2.3 kilometers in thickness." 2.3 km
(average)
New Encyclopedia Britannica. Volume 5. Chicago: Encyclopedia Britannica, 1998: 472. "It extends 1,570 miles (2,530 km) north-south, has a maximum width of 680 miles (1,094 km) near its northern margin, and has an average thickness of about 5,000 feet (1,500 m)." 1.5 km
(average)
Lambert, David. Field Guide To Geology. New York: Diagram Visual, 1988: 154. "Most of Greenland lies beneath an ice cap twice the size of Australia and up to 14,000 ft (4,300 m) thick." 4.3 km
(thickest)
Dixon, Dougal. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Science. Volume 3. New York: Macmillan, 1977: 38. "Toward its center, the Greenland ice-sheet has been shown to be 3,000 m (9,840 ft.) thick." 3 km
(thickest)
Climbing Into The Greenland Ice Cap. National Tourism Board of Greenland. "At its thickest points the ice has a depth of more than 3 km to the bedrock." 3 km
(thickest)

There isn't even agreement on how much ice is in Greenland. How can anyone estimate sea level rise?

Source

35 posted on 03/22/2012 10:22:24 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Glaciers are growing not shrinking. The only way they would rise is if we had another iceage melt off.


36 posted on 03/22/2012 10:40:57 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future

Come back and see me when it's "...WILL rise as much as 70 feet..." and we can talk about it. "Could" just doesn't cut it. I COULD hit the Powerball this weekend but I'm not counting on it.

37 posted on 03/22/2012 10:45:01 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (It's time to WEAN the government off of our money.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m not worried.

Its always been said aliens will come to Earth just to steal all our water.


38 posted on 03/22/2012 10:45:10 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk
Its always been said aliens will come to Earth just to steal all our water.

I thought it was to steal our air.

"COMMENCE OPERATION 'VACU-SUCK'"

39 posted on 03/22/2012 10:49:02 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: GeronL

I think I’ve seen the calculations, which are probably close to correct, which suggest that if there all the worlds ice sheets melted the total sea level rise would be in the 200-300 ft range. Really, the sea level rise at the end of the ice age was on the same order of magnitude - so there’s nothing too unbelievable about that number.


40 posted on 03/22/2012 11:00:05 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

On the other hand sea level could drop or remain much the same or rise a little bit or drop a little bit or even some combination of these. And we have the proof!


41 posted on 03/22/2012 11:22:27 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Sea levels have been steadily rising for 40,000 years. What a brave prediction! lol


42 posted on 03/22/2012 11:36:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They misplaced the decimal point. It’s 700 feet.


43 posted on 03/22/2012 11:48:33 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (If my candidate doesn't win the nomination I'm going to kick my feet, cry like a baby, and stay home)
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To: Jeff Chandler
They misplaced the decimal point. It’s 700 feet.

I mean really, didn't Dr. Goebbels teach these guys anything? If you're going to lie, you gotta make it a real big lie, make it 70000 feet...THAT will get people's attention.

44 posted on 03/22/2012 11:51:21 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A 2C rise in average global temperature would not be enough to melt any significant antarctic ice - it's too far below freezing there. It would take thousands of years for even a few feet of sea level rise and by then the world would probably be into its next ice age with the sea levels falling a couple of hundred feet instead.

This article is kind of a big 'nothing' speculative scare story.

45 posted on 03/23/2012 1:34:13 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Post Toasties

BTW, I personally increased the average level of my 1/2 acre back yard by 2 meters by having backfill hauled in for free from new construction excavations. Imagine if 500 million people did that how much land we could reclaim from rising sea levels:)


46 posted on 03/23/2012 1:42:05 AM PDT by Post Toasties (Leftists give insanity a bad name. 0bama: Four years of failure and fingerpointing.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I don’t believe redOrbit is a credible “highly viewed” news source, (google.Earth the address)..
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47 posted on 03/23/2012 2:04:59 AM PDT by Las Vegas Dave ("All 57 states must stand together and defeat O-bozo!! VOTE HIM OUT!!!!!!")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It could drop 70 feet too.


48 posted on 03/23/2012 2:42:33 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
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49 posted on 03/23/2012 2:53:26 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future.

And I could marry Kathy Ireland. Never mind that both outcomes are essentially impossible.

50 posted on 03/23/2012 5:02:39 AM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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