Skip to comments.Study: Falling Icebergs Harming Ecosystem
Posted on 07/19/2008 10:17:16 AM PDT by Coffee200am
Scientists in Britain have discovered a new global warming threat to marine life in Antarctica -- breakaway icebergs that destroy any life in their path.
Shallow habitats of species such as giant sea spiders, Antarctic worms, sea urchins and corals face growing risk from icebergs as they tear up the sea floor, The Times of London reported Friday.
The findings indicate climate change risks go beyond rising ocean temperatures, the British Antarctic Survey team said. Although near-shore ecosystems routinely take a pounding by icebergs, the destruction rate is rising as a warmer climate shrinks the winter sea ice that otherwise contain the icebergs.
The whole balance of the ecosystem could be affected, with consequences that are very difficult to predict, said Dan Smale, who led the study for the Cambridge institution. The focus of research has all been on rising temperatures, but what has been overlooked is that it isn't just warming of the water that changes the structure of the ecosystem. The distribution of species is likely to be just as important, and that is going to be affected by iceberg (breakaways).
Findings of the five-year study, conducted at South Cove on the Antarctic Peninsula, were published in the journal Science.
And exactly how long has ice been falling into the ocean in Antarctica?
And yet, amazingly, all those species in the study are still here to be observed having ice falling on their head.
If the government is handing out money to “find negative effects of global warming”, are you going to let facts get in the way of your next paycheck?
Is there anything global warming can’t do?
Why do scientists conclude that no species should go extinct when millions already have? No teradactyls in my backyard please!!
“Harm” is a word with moral connotations, usually invoked in the context of human interests or suffering. I am not sure how an ecosystem can be “harmed.” What the headline writer presumably means is that the current arrangement of life in Antarctica has some particular moral force behind it, but nature certainly doesn’t operate that way, so why should we?
Reminds me of one of those “Oh no, Mr. Bill” moments
So I guess asking the government to fund a “study” of the mini tsunamis with their 2-3 foot waves caused by falling ice would be out of the question.
These people are ridiculous.
I get the sinking feeling that somehow, with the release of this study, AlGore “The Inventor of the Internet” has made another squillion dollars of ill-gotten gains.
Perhaps some strategically-placed signs on the ocean floor, “Beware of Falling Icebergs” or some such thing, could help our hapless sea-spiders and other greeblies from being bonked on the head needlessly? Surely this is an urgent Health and Safety issue!
The genius in this is that someone managed to get five years worth of grant to study the effect of water (solid state, but water) running downhill.
...so to be safe, we will predict the absolute worst possible outcome.
(Has our research grant money come in yet?)
Geez.... And Avalanches kill trees, Rock slides kill animals and trees, mud slides kill animals and trees, Volcanoes kill humans, birds, trees, and animals, Forest fires destroy complete forests....etc, etc
All part of nature..
This could be worse than Y2K :(
Help, help, help, the sky is falling. /sarc
Yep. Nutjob Nancy needs to promote legislation that bans the shrinkage of winter sea ice that otherwise contain the icebergs. How dare that winter sea ice shrink!
“Is there anything global warming cant do?”
Apparently not. Now they’re blaming kidney stones on it!
Oh man this is really bad, the worst, especially when one realizes that the Antarctic ice field is growing at an alarming rate. Soon there will be millions of ice bergs falling into the southern oceans killing billions of worms, crabs and spiders. Thanks G*d we spend tons of tax payer dollars to discover this. Perhaps for a few billion more we can build a net around Antarctica to catch the ice bergs before they hit the worms crabs and spiders.
I think I will write something up quickly and send it in. Someone got to do SOMETHING! May as well be me. LOL, I could use a few billion and might even be able to catch a small ice berg or two, in the Antarctic summer of course, too damn cold in the winter down there.
I never got that til right now.
Just saw this, damn the bad luck there goes my billions of dollars, oh well, I should have know the Brits are way ahead of us on AGW killing mankind and worms crabs and spiders.
perhaps the Goracle can levuitate these icebergs, thus saving the earth from destruction..
Indeed! Until man started producing greenhouse gases, no ice berg has ever been known to fall!
Think maybe mother nature is plowing the sea floor and creating new habitat for worms, crabs and spiders? Oh no, it's killer ice bergs gone crazy reeking havoc on the environment and it is ALL YOUR FAULT.
Bean me up, there is no intelligent life left on this planet.
Sorry. You get an "F" for today. The correct answer is:
a. Bush's fault.
Said one scientist, "I hope they come up with another great exotic locale for the next conference, as I'm tired of freezing my family jewels off with this ice stuff."
Good heavens, these enviroweenies are insane.
Send more $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!! small bills please
Apparently not. Warming List
The largest Antarctic iceberg ever sighted was by the USS Glacier in 1955. The iceberg was TWICE the size of the state of Connecticut. These guys talking about icebergs display their lack of knowledge by the numbers.
We don’t have glaciers in my part of the U.S. anymore, either. And somehow the World has managed to survive.
Giant sea spiders, antarctic worms, sea urchins and corals all plead to Barack Obama to save them!
And I don't mean his kids..
Yeah, wow, never have icebergs fallen before. I remember pictures of them falling way back in the 50s when I was in grade school but I guess they were fake because we didn’t have global warming yet, but we were on the edge of global cooling which seems to be coming around again. I wonder how much marine life has been destroyed by these terrible iceberg invaders from another wor...oops, wrong movie!
I am looking for investors to join my new enterprise, it is an Ice Berg Offset company. What we do is enlist people to freeze a certain amount of water for the people who buy Ice Berg Credits. The more you buy the more water is frozen. Then we load in on refrigerated airplanes and fly it to the Artic and Antarctic and dump it. This will offset the ice being lost from Global warming. Are you in? (of course no one actually freezes any ice, we just say that and as for dumping it, come on are you that gullible?).
I would say this is on par with Al Gores Carbon Offsets and may even outdo him, of course he will probably demand a piece of the action.
Neither do we here in Buffalo, NY. But those glaciers were kind enough to leave behind some very nice lakes as they left.
Awesome link - thanks.
a. Bush's fault.
Duh! Silly me!
NOTHING, not even AGW, can give a Greenie the ability to think & reason.
Sad news...... It has been verified that Spongebob Squarepants and Patrick Star have been crushed by a falling iceberg. The iceberg fell due to global warming caused by George Bush and republicans everywhere. Kids worldwide are saddened. BO-bama will lead an investigation into the untimely deaths of these important sea creatures..............
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