Sea Ice Shrinking

Not by Fire but by Ice


Updated 20 September 06



Arctic sea ice shrinking faster than ever
(This concerns me)

14 Sep 06 - Arctic sea ice in winter is melting far faster than before, two new
NASA studies reported Wednesday. Scientists point to the sudden and rapid
melting as a sure sign of man-made global warming. (I don’t believe this part.)

"It has never occurred before in the past," said NASA senior research scientist
Josefino Comiso. "It is alarming. ... This winter ice provides the kind of evidence
that it is indeed associated with the greenhouse effect."

For more than 25 years, Arctic sea ice has slowly diminished in winter by about
1.5 percent per decade. But in the past two years, the melting has occurred at
rates 10 to 15 times faster. From 2004 to 2005, the amount of ice dropped 2.3
percent, and over the past year, it's declined by another 1.9 percent, according to
Comiso. (Did humans increase their output of ... whatever it is that they’re
supposedly doing ... 10 to 15 times more during those years? I doubt it.)

A second NASA study found that the winter sea ice in one region of the eastern
Arctic had shrunk about 40 percent in just the past two years. This is partly
because of local weather but also because of global warming, Comiso said.
(Partly because of local weather. What in the hell does that mean?)

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Now, don’t get me wrong, I think this rapid increase in ice-melt is a real
problem. But should we blame humans? I don’t think so. I think this is part 
of the ice-age cycle.

As I mentioned in "Not by Fire but by Ice," even though much of Canada
was buried beneath two miles of ice during the last ice age, the amount of 
ice covering the Arctic Ocean remained much the same as today. No one 
has ever been able to explain how this could have happened.

I think the explanation lies in underwater volcanism.

A couple of years ago I told you about the Gakkel Ridge (See Volcanoes in Arctic Ocean). The Gakkel Ridge is a huge underwater volcanic mountain
chain lying deep below the surface of the Arctic Ocean. Around 1,100 miles
long, and with many of its underwater volcanic mountains standing three
miles tall, the Gakkel Ridge is far mightier than the Alps. And it is much
more active volcanically than anyone had imagined.

As far as I am concerned, underwater volcanoes such as the Gakkel Ridge
are heating the Arctic Ocean.
As the water warms, evaporation must
inevitably increase, pumping ever more moisture into the skies, only to 
fall back to the earth again giant rainstorms and snowstorms.

I think we’re witnessing the beginning of the next ice age.

We didn't cause it, and we can't change it. However, if we’re willing to 
admit to it, we might be able to prepare.

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(Please note that this is sea ice, which means that it is already floating 
on the water. Therefore, as the ice melts it will not cause sea levels to rise 
by even an inch. Rather, as more and more of the newly generated snow
begins collecting on land, sea levels will begin to decline.)





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