As many as 90 per cent of Earth's mountain glaciers are getting smaller, said Lonnie Thompson from Ohio State University.
Yeah, or as few as 10%... I can make up numbers too!
There are an estimated (!) 180,000 glaciers on earth. I know that "academics" have a lot more free time on their hands than their working counterparts in the real world, but are we to believe that anyone has done a comparative study of something in the neighborhood of 162,000 glaciers?
Yeah, sure they have.
posted on 07/09/2008 12:55:43 PM PDT
To: Sicon; Blood of Tyrants
Retreat of glaciers since 1850
If you look closely at the following figure, Shasta is a shadow of blue surrounded by all the other orange and brown representing the other Cascade glaciers. There's one further north; I'm not sure which one that is.
When I was younger, whenever I would read someone quoting "studies" or "research" I would picture a vast team of dedicated research scientists in laboratories wearing white coats and carrying clipboards, amassing large amounts of data and publishing it with brilliant analysis and conclusions.
Now, alas, I realize the "studies" are more likely coming from a grant-seeking agenda-driven loner using Wikipedia or Reader's Digest for primary source documentation.
posted on 07/09/2008 1:12:20 PM PDT
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