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Has the USGS sold out? - Show us the list!
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"Benchmark glaciers' shrinking at faster rate," screamed the headline.

"Glacier melt accelerating," screamed the headline.

"Long-term study details glaciers shrinking in Washington and Alaska,"
screamed the headline.

7 Aug 09 - “Climate change is shrinking three of the nation's most studied glaciers at an accelerated rate,” these articles gleefully shouted. “Government scientists say that finding bolsters global concerns about rising sea levels and the availability of fresh drinking water.”

“Known as ‘benchmark glaciers,’ the South Cascade Glacier in Washington state, the Wolverine Glacier on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and the Gulkana Glacier in interior Alaska all have shown a ‘rapid and sustained’ retreat, according to a report by the U.S. Geological Survey that was released Thursday.

"They are living on the edge," Ed Josberger, a USGS scientist based in Tacoma, Washington, said of the three glaciers. "We are getting warmer, and glaciers are shrinking."  

     Has the USGS sold out? What about the fact that it has been getting
     colder since 1998?

“With some exceptions caused by unique or unusual local conditions -- the glaciers
on California's Mount Shasta, for example -- more than 99 percent of the country's thousands of glaciers are shrinking, said Bruce Molnia, another USGS scientist.

     Notice how the article just kind of slides over the fact that the glaciers
     on Mount Shasta are growing.

Winter snowpacks have tapered off, said Josberger. The reduced accumulations and increased melts have resulted in shrinking glaciers.

     That’s not true. Actual snow pack numbers show a 22% INCREASE in
     snow pack over the past 33 years across the Washington and Oregon
     Cascade Mountains. (See
Pacific Northwest Snow Pack - the True Story)    

     These three melting glaciers can supposedly be used to help understand
     thousands – THOUSANDS! - of other North American glaciers.

     But who gets to choose which glaciers are used as “benchmarks?”

     How about the fact that Crater Glacier in Mount St. Helens is growing?
     According to the US Forest Service, Crater Glacier is now larger than
     it was before the 1980 eruption.

    How about the fact that the Nisqually Glacier on Mt. Rainier is growing?

     How about the fact that Emmons Glacier on Mt. Rainier is growing?

     How about the fact that glaciers on Glacier Peak in northern Washington
     are growing?

     Why shouldn’t they be used as benchmark glaciers?

     How about the fact that glaciers are growing in Alaska for the first
     time in 250 years? In May, Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier was advancing
     at the rate of seven feet per day - more than half-a-mile per year.

     How about the fact that in Icy Bay, Alaska, at least three glaciers
     have advanced a third of a mile in one year.

     Why shouldn’t they be used as benchmark glaciers?

     How about the fact that glaciers are growing on the tallest mountain
     in France? How about the fact that glaciers are growing on the tallest
     mountain in Canada? How about the fact that all 50 glaciers in New
     Zealand are growing? How about the fact that the largest glacier in
     Argentina is growing? How about the fact that 250 glaciers in the
     Western Himalayas are growing?

     The list goes on.

     Why shouldn’t they be used as benchmark glaciers?

     Unfortunately, I’ve reached the point where I don’t believe what my
     government tells me. If it’s true that 99 percent of the thousands of
     glaciers in the United States are shrinking, let’s see the list.

     Show us the list!

Here are three of the breathless articles about the shrinking “benchmark” glaciers:
http://www.physorg.com/news168849624.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-glacier7-2009aug07,0,2419256.story

http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/08/longterm_study_details_glacier.htm lThanks to Steven Woodcock, Clay Olson and Bruce Carman for these links


Here's the link about the INCREASING snowpack:

Pacific Northwest Snow Pack
- the True Story

23 Jul 09 - Washington Governor Gregoire recently said that the snow pack has declined 20% over the past 30 years. Actual snow pack numbers show a 22% INCREASE.
See Pacific Northwest Snow Pack - the True Story


         And here are links to corroborate what I'm saying about the growing glaciers:
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Alaskan_Glaciers_Grow_for_First_Time_in_250_years.htm
 
        http://iceagenow.com/Alaskas_Hubbard_Glacier_advancing_7_feet_per_day.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Alaskan_Glaciers_Advance_One_Third_Mile.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Nisqually_Glacier_Growing.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Mount_St_Helens.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Glaciers_growing_on_Glacier_Peak_WA.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/California_Glaciers_Growing.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Largest_glacier_in_Argentina_advancing.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Glaciers_growing_on_Canada_tallest_mountain.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Glaciers_in_Norway_Growing_Again.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/New_Zealand_Glaciers_Growing.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Mont_Blanc_glacier_almost_doubles_in_size.htm
 
         http://iceagenow.com/Glaciers_Growing_in_Western_Himalayas.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Greenland_Ice_Sheet_Growing_Thicker.htm
 
         http://www.iceagenow.com/Antarctic_ice_growing_not_shrinking.htm
 

  

 

 

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