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Antarctic ice growing, not shrinking


By Greg Roberts

 

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18 Apr 09 - "Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap.

"East Antarctica is four times the size of west Antarctica and parts of it are cooling. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research report prepared for last week's meeting of Antarctic Treaty nations in Washington noted the South Pole had shown "significant cooling in recent decades".

"Australian Antarctic Division glaciology program head Ian Allison said sea ice losses in west Antarctica over the past 30 years had been more than offset by increases in the Ross Sea region, just one sector of east Antarctica.

"Dr Allison said there was not any evidence of significant change in the mass of ice shelves in east Antarctica nor any indication that its ice cap was melting. "The only significant calvings in Antarctica have been in the west," he said. And he cautioned that calvings of the magnitude seen recently in west Antarctica might not be unusual.

"Ice shelves in general have episodic carvings and there can be large icebergs breaking off -- I'm talking 100km or 200km long -- every 10 or 20 or 50 years."

"A paper to be published soon by the British Antarctic Survey in the journal Geophysical Research Letters is expected to confirm that over the past 30 years, the area of sea ice around the continent has expanded."

"Antarctica has 90 per cent of the Earth's ice and 80 per cent of its fresh water.

          If Antarctica has 90 percent of the Earth's ice, wouldn't that mean
          that 90 percent of the world's glaciers are growing?

See entire article:
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25349683-601,00.html
Thanks to Doug Mc, Piper Fogle, and Patty in Porterville for this link

  

 

 

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