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Antarctic volcanoes identified as a possible culprit in glacier melting
International Herald Tribune ^ | January 20, 2008 | Kenneth Chang

Posted on 01/20/2008 8:02:37 PM PST by RDTF

Another factor might be contributing to the thinning of some of the Antarctica's glaciers: volcanoes.

In an article published Sunday on the Web site of the journal Nature Geoscience, Hugh Corr and David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey report the identification of a layer of volcanic ash and glass shards frozen within an ice sheet in western Antarctica.

"This is the first time we have seen a volcano beneath the ice sheet punch a hole through the ice sheet" in Antarctica, Vaughan said.

Volcanic heat could still be melting ice to water and contributing to thinning and speeding up of the Pine Island glacier, which passes nearby, but Vaughan said he doubted that it could be affecting other glaciers in western Antarctica, which have also thinned in recent years. Most glaciologists, including Vaughan, say that warmer ocean water is the primary cause of thinning.

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


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agw; antartica; catastrophism; globalwarming; godsgravesglyphs; melting; volcano; volcanoes
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1 posted on 01/20/2008 8:02:38 PM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

Karl Rove HAS certainly been busy since leaving the WH, hasn’t he?


2 posted on 01/20/2008 8:06:42 PM PST by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: RDTF

I guess we saw a smaller version of this phenomenon in Iceland in the nineties when the Grimsvotn volcano blasted through the Vatnajokll glacier and the resultant outflow took out the coastal highway.


3 posted on 01/20/2008 8:09:10 PM PST by sinanju
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To: xcamel

ping


4 posted on 01/20/2008 8:10:09 PM PST by BufordP (Had Mexicans flown planes into the World Trade Center, Jorge Bush would have surrendered.)
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To: RDTF

No kidding. Something besides CO2? Who’d a thought?

Clearly not the *scientists* who are investigating global warming.


5 posted on 01/20/2008 8:11:23 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: RDTF

Yeah, but aren’t volcanoes caused by global warming?


6 posted on 01/20/2008 8:11:25 PM PST by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote!)
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To: RDTF

“weather” beneath our feet.

“weather” in space.

Al Gore, there is more in heaven and earth then dreampt of in your philosophy.


7 posted on 01/20/2008 8:13:44 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: RDTF
Image hosted by Photobucket.com brought to you by man-made global warming... we make volcanoes HOTTER!!!
8 posted on 01/20/2008 8:14:58 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: RDTF
Gee. Comes a little too late to refute See-BS's Chicken-Little show this evening: '60 Minutes' Preempted This Sunday for Global Warming Hysteria

Nowhere is the evidence of global warming as striking than near the earth’s poles. CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley’s report brings him to the top and the bottom of the world, where scientists point out the effects of the warming trend. He also speaks to NASA’s top scientist studying climate, who says the Bush administration has restricted what he can say about global warming.

But, wait. They would have ignored it anyway or quoted the British scientist who said, interesting but global warming is more important:

"It may be possible that heat from the volcano has caused some of that acceleration," says British Antarctic Survey professor David Vaughan, who stresses though that global warming is by far the greater likelier cause.

9 posted on 01/20/2008 8:15:52 PM PST by CedarDave (The early primaries are port-o-potties rented to the left to pee in the conservative hot tub)
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To: RDTF

NOTICE: Entrepreneur actively seeking working capital to establish a Volcanoe Offset Fund. Paypal accepted.


10 posted on 01/20/2008 8:16:35 PM PST by RoadKingSE (How do you know that that light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: CedarDave

This isn’t even really a new theory. When I searched here to see of this was already posted, I saw articles mentioning this connection in 05 and 06


11 posted on 01/20/2008 8:18:42 PM PST by RDTF
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To: raybbr

This was on the news Saturday night (I think NBC) and they were blaming it on global warming. The “fact” that global warming could reach down nearly 2 miles through solid ice was said to be a grave concern and an unsolved mystery as to how man affects the climate.


12 posted on 01/20/2008 8:19:15 PM PST by Kirkwood
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To: Chode

We just need to put a stop to this. Volcanoes are illegal! We dont like them, so they should not exist! Volcanoes are a violation of my living constitutional rights!

I demand the right to live a volcanic ash free life!

Someone needs to organize a music concert to raise awareness against volcanoes!

Did you hear that rethuglicans want to give volcanoes an unfair tax break?

But, the volcanoes that come from across the border are ok. Illegal volcanoes, doing the erupting that American volcanoes wont do!

Racist.


13 posted on 01/20/2008 8:19:48 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: RDTF

No , no it’s SUV’s


14 posted on 01/20/2008 8:27:00 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (TAZ:Untamed, Unpredictable, Uninhibited.)
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To: RDTF

How do you blame volcanoes on “man?”


15 posted on 01/20/2008 8:27:19 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: RDTF

And, although no volcanoes have erupted under the ice, magma under Greenland turns out to be the heat source causing the ‘ice river’ that so exercised the AGW crowd when it was first discovered.

One wonders whether volcanic activity under the arctic ice cap in general is contributing to (or even is the main cause of) the unusually large sea ice melt this past summer.


16 posted on 01/20/2008 8:29:46 PM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: LiteKeeper

It’s all of that oil drilling, dontcha know. Sticking those little probes into the Earth and upsetting the balance of the underworld. We’re naughty, naughty creatures!


17 posted on 01/20/2008 8:30:01 PM PST by swatbuznik
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To: xcamel; DaveLoneRanger; Baynative; calcowgirl; sourcery; Clive; sionnsar; SunkenCiv; ...

ping


18 posted on 01/20/2008 8:31:08 PM PST by Reform Canada (Kyoto=>More Unemployment=>More Poverty=>More Homeless=>More Crime=>More Rape & Murder)
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To: Paladin2
This has to be the work of Cheney!Photobucket
19 posted on 01/20/2008 8:35:42 PM PST by americanophile
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To: RDTF

Will wonders never cease ____________ ?


20 posted on 01/20/2008 8:45:53 PM PST by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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