Much of Antarctica has been cooling for the last 35 years

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Much of Antarctica has been cooling
for the last 35 years

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Excerpts: “Thirteen researchers, who work with the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-term Ecological Research program, report in the Jan. 13 online edition of the journal Nature on both the cooling and its effects in the Dry Valleys, an a little larger than Rhode Island on the west coast of the Ross Sea.

“Dry Valleys’ temperatures dropped an average of 1.23 degrees Fahrenheit per decade from 1986 to 2000, with the greatest cooling during the December through February Antarctic summer, they report.

“Complicating the problem is the fact that all of Antarctica isn't cooling. The Antarctic Peninsula, which looks on maps like an arm reaching from the continent to grab South America, has been growing warmer. In fact, reports in recent years that Antarctica is warming have been based on data from the Peninsula.”

        Read that again. Reports in recent years that Antarctica is warming
        have been based on data from the Peninsula.”  

        In other words, we’ve been getting distorted data!

        Althoug the Antarctic Ice Sheet is twice as big as the continental United
        States, the Antarctic Peninsula is only a small portion of that.

        If the entire United States were cooling but Oregon was warming, would
        you trust someone who told you that “the United States is warming”?  

        That's the kind of misleading information that I've been yelling about.

        Thank you Jack Williams for telling the truth.

See entire article by Jack Williams, USATODAY.com
http://www.usatoday.com/news/science/cold-science/2002-01-13-antarctic-cooling.htm


 



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