Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Growing Antarctic Ice Sheet

Not only did the seas around Antarctica have more sea ice, this past Southern winter, than has ever been observed before, but on the continent itself, the ice is growing. There is one place where it is a little warmer, along the Antarctic Peninsula, where the Larson Ice shelf and a few others melted some a few years ago. The 60 odd other ice shelves, including the big ones, the Ronne and the Ross, away from the Antarctic Peninsula, are not melting away. Most of the ice in the center is growing, that is, getting thicker from the top down. Here is the proof of that statement.
In the 1960s, a company, ITT, put power transmission lines on Antarctica. God knows why. These power transmission poles were 115 feet tall. In the 1980s, when these photos were taken, the transmission towers were almost buried (about 30 feet still stuck up out of the ice) and the crane used in construction is almost completely buried. Now, 20 years after these photos were taken, it would be difficult to find any of these reminders of a warmer time. Not only these, but the earlier camps and stations of the explorers are deep under the ice now. The old Byrd station, the Siple station, the old South Pole station are being crushed by many feet of ice above them. Even the modern South Pole station is below the ice now and a new one is being constructed on top of the ice and is designed to ride on top of the rising ice.

The Warmies tell us that the whole World is warming. They tell us that the poles are the canaries in the coal mine as they will see the warming first. But in the South, at least, except for one distinct, small area, the seas around the continent are colder, most of the continent itself is colder and there is ever more ice. Any Warmie reader care to venture an explanation?


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