Skip to comments.Is the Earth striking back?
Posted on 04/24/2010 12:07:24 AM PDT by TN4Liberty
... As we have learned, these gases form an invisible barrier that, like a greenhouse's glass ceiling, keeps reflected heat of the sun from escaping our atmosphere. The denser that gaseous barrier grows, the hotter things get and the faster glaciers melt.
As they flow off the land, we are warned, seas rise. Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth's crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.
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You know, the seas have risen quite a bit.
When I was a child, you could walk form North Carolina to Bermuda without getting your feet wet.
Gaia is a bitch.
At least the comments are encouraging. Even CNN site readers aren’t buying this eyewash.
“Alan Weisman is the author of “The World Without Us,” an international bestseller now in 33 languages.”
The a**hole pines for a world without humans. I’m waiting for him to take the lead - no luck so far.
This article was obviously written by a non-geologist.
That tweren’t nutin’. Why I remember when the tide was out we could take a dune buggy and make it from the Baja to Hawaii just before it came back in. We would scoop up the marlin for snack on the way by....
And if all this ice has melted as they claim, where did the water go? The rate of sea level rise has been essentially constant for hundreds of years. The sea has been steadily rising since the last glacial period about 13,000 years ago...
It is this moronic "science" that gives science a bad name.
The loss of a few feet of ice off of land masses (partially offset by the presence of liquid water instead) is influencing the motion of miles thick plates of stone?
“As they flow off the land, we are warned, seas rise. Yet something else is lately worrying geologists: the likelihood that the Earth’s crust, relieved of so much formidable weight of ice borne for many thousands of years, has begun to stretch and rebound.”
What a bunch of putrid ignorance. The earth’s crust does not consist of only the land area, it includes what’s underneath the oceans! Not only that, but there hasn’t been any sea rise!!
This is kind of like expecting Guam to capsize if enough people stand near the coast.
I.e., in case you were wondering, I just made this stuff up -- Alan.
“The Earth shudders in Haiti. Then Chile. Then western China. Mexicali-Calexico. The Solomon Islands. Spain. New Guinea.”
What!!?? You mean these places weren’t covered with mile thick ice the last ice age?
(I can’t believe I had to read through the whole article to get to the guy’s point. It read like a sixth-grade paper where extra credit is given for using descriptive words.)
HOWEVER. There are “earthquakes” (small) in Canada due to the rebounding of the rock. Plus, it really screwed with folks before they figured it out in the northern regions. They thought for sure the water level of the oceans was going down based on the tide gauges (sp?) - but it was/is really the ground rising.
Well, just like every good fairy tale (or monster story) - there is some truth behind the story.
I know - that is just stupid. Obviously if everyone stood on the coast their weight would be equally distributed around the geographical center of the island and it wouldn't tip over.
Even if they all congregated on the same beach... good grief.
Unless that beach was at the opposite end of a mountain of equal mass. ;) (Or the grave of Ted Kennedy perhaps)
Hey - I was just thinking. Ya know how the earth tilts on its axis? I bet that is because of all those folks in China and India all on the other side.
And of course Antartica is “down” because of all the extra ice down there.
Kind of got off topic, but not really. What with the start of it being the loss of ice causing the volcano, this all makes as much sense. (Except - the volcano was under the ice.)
Well, at least now I know why I’m always hearing about how important the “ecological balance” is.
When I was a kid, we didn't even have water. My dad had to slam hydrogen and oxygen molecules together so mom could do the wash.
Not only that, but the land rises and falls, in response to the incoming and outgoing tide.
You can measure sea level at the shoreline, any place you would like, and it doesn't mean squat.
With all the rising and falling going on at the beaches, you would think they would have the most earthquakes.
The biggest contributor to earthquakes is that the Earth is growing.
Only way to get the icecaps to melt and cause a significant change in ocean levels is to flip the Earth on it's axis so that the polar icecaps are on the equator and we are at one of the poles. (which is how we got miles deep glaciers covering the North American continent to begin with).
Anybody got a surefire way to flip the planet, let me know.
There you go being logical again. Don’t you know logic and science have nothing to do with it? It has to feel right, and support the hypothesis that people are bad for the planet to be a legitimate “scientific” fact!
I wondered how long it would take them. Now we will have to endure the “flex earth” theory of global warming caused by SUV’S. Your Explorer is causing the volcanos to erupt.
The documented fact is that the earth is expanding in girth every year with the help of earthquakes. Selective reasoning is a liberal narcotic.
T O T A L. C R A P
Time to put the earth on a diet and maybe a workout schedule!
I propose that it’s the weight of all those letters in the Icelander names. Elyyliayapapjailgarapskull and the capital, Ridakillerkayak? The island is being squeezed like a stomped on bull frog, I tell ya!
A 6 year old’s view of science and weather!
Editor’s note: Alan Weisman is the author of “The World Without Us,” an international bestseller now in 33 languages. It was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the #1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction.
NON FICTION BOOK?!?!?!?!
Follow the link- The thesis of this idiocy is determined, and repeatedly touted by the lefties as “Non Fiction”! BWAHAAHAA!!!!
Talk about scientific ignorance of the highest order...
This is just so gloriously laughable, too freaking bad the left doesn’t read.
We desperately need a PLATE TECTONIC TAX to save the planet! STOP the PLATES from moving, or we are doomed! Limit population growth by Govt. funded abortions so the US doesn’t tip over and sink. ALGORE where are you? Please save us!
It’s looking like this may be a long decade. And if we don’t pull carbon out of the way we energize our lives soon, a small clump of our not-too-distant surviving descendants may find themselves, as Gaia scientist James Lovelock has direly predicted, like the first Icelanders: gathered on some near-barren hunk of rock near one of the still-habitable poles, trying yet anew to eke out a plan for human civilization.
That writer is absolutely full of himself.
No, but 12 000 years ago you could walk from Japan to China or Thailand to Indonesia without getting your feet wet.
Now THAT was global warming!
Possible catastrophism ping for an article about how global warming is causing earthquakes and volcanoes. CNN actually tries to make the case.
“When I was a child, you could walk...”
Right on - it used to be you could walk from the Antrim coast of Ireland to Scotland on the Giants Causway w/o getting your feet wet!
Algores dietary habits are going to result in a massive cardiovascular event one of these days. Think about it - significantly less ‘global warming’ from that fat blob...
Only a screwball "geologist" would come up with a theory like that - a disgrace to the profession.
You gotta see this! Mark Levin featured it on his show.
Too astounded at the stupidity to comment. Didn’t these people ever take physical sciences in high school?
I know a lady that walks from New York to London and back all the time without getting her feet wet. She’s an airline stewardess.
That was kind of you, treating a Marlin to a snack while dune buggying at low tide.
This is junk science, but even if it were not, we would witness the following process:
Rising Global Temporatures -> Melting Glaciers
-> Less pressure on the earth’s crust holding down those pesky volcanoes
-> More volcano erruptions
-> More dust in the atmosphere
-> Less sunlight absorbed
-> Falling global temperatures
In other words, if the author were to follow his argument to its logical conclusion, lots of dust in the upper atmosphere from volcano eruptions would bring temperatures back in line. We’d have a negative feedback loop and a system that works towards long-term stability.
While I don’t believe there is any real scientific evidence that miniscule changes in glaciers will have a significant effect on volcanic activity, I do believe that earth could not have had a relatively stable climate for the last billion years or so, if there were not a lot of feedback loops insuring stability in the result of a minor changes like a tiny rise in the percentage of C02 in the atmosphere.
It is just that constant cow farting is upsetting the earth,it demands sacrifice.
The Gory kind.