Skip to comments.Thin Glaciers Get Thinner in Antarctica
Posted on 09/24/2004 12:01:10 PM PDT by TChris
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of Antarctica's glaciers are melting faster than snow can replace them, enough to raise sea levels measurably, scientists reported on Friday.
Measurements of glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea, on the Pacific Ocean side of Antarctica, show they are melting much faster than in recent years and could break up.
And they contain more ice than was previously estimated, meaning they could raise sea level by more than predicted, the international team of researchers writes in the journal Science.
"The ... Amundsen Sea glaciers contain enough ice to raise sea level by 1.3 meters (4 feet)," the researchers wrote in their report.
"Our measurements show them collectively to be 60 percent out of balance, sufficient to raise sea level by 0.24 mm (nearly 0.01 inch) per year," they added.
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So, are saying maybe the west coast could be the western border of Nevada? I knew I liked global warming.
Actually, it will increase, these are ANTARCTIC Glaciers, which means they are on LAND. They are not currently displacing the oceans.
Except that their weight does cause the landmass to sink. I have never seen any studies on how much the continent of Antarctica will rise when relieved of trillions and trillions of tons of ice.
Of course, the weather patterns that are causing the glaciers to flow at an increased rate may also wind up causing the snowfall over Antarctica to increase significantly as well.
Sorry about the keyboard!
I guess you shouldn't see the MTV2 Video Mods where they have the game SSX 3 snowboarding.. and they have a band member from one of the bands featured in said dementia rendered as a Yeti complete with dancing skeletons.
I forget the band name, and they don't have all the video mods listed on their site yet..
How much of the Glaciers is above water and not at water level. So much for your displacement theory.
We are skating on thin ice- Reason, your guess is as good as mine. It appently has happened millions of years ago and will probably happen again.
Some of the Antarctic and Greenland glaciers are coming off land rather than forming in water.
It's about time. My office is freezing.
Cool! Four foot isn't very deep.
Even little short people (5'2") can wade through that without getting on their little tippy toes.
Besides, I'm kinda curious about what's been under those glaciers all these years.
Maybe the Discovery Channel will run a new documentary about it.
This could save an awful lot of digging!
I've wanted to know what's under the ice near lake Vostok.
Especially since the lake's currents apparently are driven by thermal vents of one kind or another.
Or so a Scientific American article guessed a couple years back.
This is great. All it takes is a bit of babbling froma neurotic enviro-liberal who thinks (s)he can save the earth or make a difference. Isn't that cute ?
But it brings out the few scientists on line who set the matter straight.
Ever try to argue with one of these green-psychos with real facts, science, mechanics. Those were the "bio" majors we went to school with who couldn't handle the rigors of the hard science and math.
You can't argue scientificaly with a green-psycho, they only yell back louder. The weight of the truth is wasted on them. Their coalition is as grouped for political liberal effect as it is concerned about real environmental science.
Just watch their eyes glaze over and roll back into their heads as you speak a little something simple like Newton's exponential law of cooling.
Thank you, I really needed a laugh, took me almost 50 post to get-up out of the floor to reply though.
But that'd be a pretty disappointing anti-climax.
If they find him there, I'd hope they keep it secret just to keep people guessing.
I'm hoping they find something MUCH more exciting than Jimmy.
Maybe something like a Stargate! Now THAT would be cool!
More Fear mongering.
But think of the good benefits, like homesteading in Greenland!
Someone needs to help me here with the exact numbers -- but I took my family on a trip to the Canadian Rockies several years ago and we walked out to the Athabasca ice fields and glacier. They have monuments in the ground to show how much the ice has been melting and receding for many years. Help me here -- is it about 150 or 160 years or so? At any rate, the ice has been melting steadily for a long time, and long before automobiles started making greenhouse gasses.