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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

MooPig Tech Coroner :: "Antarctica Ice is Melting"

Meltdown; Sea Levels Rise
Mixed martial articles by Pat Darnell  |  May 13, 2014  |  Bryan TX

Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica from 1992 to 2011. - Rignot - Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online Library: "Keywords: Antarctica; Mass balance;interferometry; Glacier dynamics; Marine instability

"... We measure the grounding line retreat of glaciers draining the Amundsen Sea Embayment of West Antarctica using Earth Remote Sensing (ERS-1/2) satellite radar interferometry from 1992 to 2011. Pine Island Glacier retreated 31 km at its center, with most retreat in 2005–2009 when the glacier un-grounded from its ice plain. Thwaites Glacier retreated 14 km along its fast-flow core and 1 to 9 km along the sides. Haynes Glacier retreated 10 km along its flanks. Smith/Kohler glaciers retreated the most, 35 km along its ice plain, and its ice shelf pinning points are vanishing. These rapid retreats proceed along regions of retrograde bed elevation mapped at a high spatial resolution using a mass conservation technique (MC) that removes residual ambiguities from prior mappings. Upstream of the 2011 grounding line positions, we find no major bed obstacle that would prevent the glaciers from further retreat and draw down the entire basin () ..."

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The coastlines of the world will be different in the near [geological time] future. Most of the melting of ice on West Antarctica has occurred in the last five years.

You can either jump up and down and do back-flips because you are so excited about having such cataclysmic geological activity in your own lifetime; or you can snivel and moan in your easy chair about ice melting.

I think I will lick my finger and hold it up to check which direction the wind is blowing to make sure I am upwind of all the bullshit that will come from blaggards, greedy bastards, and their minions.


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