Not by Fire but by Ice
THE NEXT ICE AGE - NOW!
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I can understand the 'Watermelons' publishing glaringly stupid data, but please don't fall prey to the same temptation yourself.
The article that precipitated this note appeared on your site on 31 March and included this helpful bit of information: "3,477,403 Underwater Volcanoes". Not 3,477,402 or 3, 477, 404, but 3,477,403. Exactly. No more or no less. Extrapolated from a survey of exactly 201,055 undersea volcanos. +/- 0. (See Acid Oceans Due to Underwater Volcanoes?)
This reminds me of the the following gem: ".......a January 12, 1999 Associated Press article by Randolph E. Schmid, titled "Researchers: 1998 was the hottest year on record.": "The NASA findings indicate a mean worldwide temperature of about 58.496 degrees F., topping the previous record, set in 1995 of 58.154."
I particularly like the touch of using 'about', followed by a world temperature quoted to 1/1000 degree F. One wonders how they would have done if they had gone for precision. I also find it amusing that NASA was cited as the source of the temperature figures. I wonder if they weigh the shuttle to +/- one grain when doing their launch calculations?
Now I don't doubt for a minute that undersea volcanos are contributing a huge amount of heat and acidification to the ocean, that the location and amount of heat contributed varies randomly with the whims of the volcanos, that the random injection of heat pulses causes equally random 'nudges' to ocean current flows, with all that that implies, and that the heat and CO2/SO2 injections swamp ANY contributions by human civilization. But publishing the number of undersea volcanos with a precision of +/- 3 parts in 10^7?
Please remember that paper and computer files are defenseless; they will let you write anything on/in them that you want, no matter how patently senseless. Don't embarrass them needlessly.
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You are correct, of course. The thought that anyone knows exactly how
But that number does help bring attention to my point, namely, that
I've been saying "more than three million underwater volcanoes" for
In 1991 when I began my research for "Not by Fire but by Ice,"
Then, in 1993, marine geophysicists aboard the research vessel Melville
All this in a comparatively small area of only 55,000 square miles,
To go from 10,000 underwater volcanoes to more than three million in
To try to control so-called global warming, to think that we can control
Thank you for your interest.
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