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To: Sub-Driver
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.

26 posted on 07/09/2008 12:55:43 PM PDT by Sicon
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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.


33 posted on 07/09/2008 1:04:28 PM PDT by cogitator
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To: Sicon
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.

41 posted on 07/09/2008 1:12:20 PM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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