Re: The melting caps.......

Posted by Dale on Mar 06, 2002 at 10:18

Re: The melting caps....... (Papaumau)

This has been discussed before. Unfortunately the forum was wiped a few weeks ago and, for whatever reason, the administrators don't seem to have a backup. > The Wayback Machine still have much of the discussion for the past few years but even it is getting erratic.

So, quickly, when Arctic ice melts the net change is a small decrease in sea level depending on how hot you make the water. When Antarctic ice melts the level can rise. If every ounce of ice on earth were to melt, the oceans would rise about 100 feet which would flood many major cities but not even half of Florida. Given 100 years for all ice on earth to melt everyone would just move inland and the total impact would be minimal.

The real question is your assumption that the ice is melting. IN addition to Bobba's new comment, about all we have left here is .

For some more definitive sources I did a quick search of Science Daily:

West Antarctic Ice Sheet May Be A Smaller Source Of Current Sea-Level Rise

Global Climate Change Recorded In Antarctic Marine Fossils

No Major Changes Seen In Stability Of Antarctic Ice Sheet

Scientists Detect Thickening Of West Antarctic Ice Sheet

El Nino, La Nina Rearrange South Pole Sea Ice

Giant Icebergs, Unprecedented Ice Conditions Threaten Antarctic Penguin Colonies

Icelandic Weather System Helps Decipher Changes In The Arctic Ice Puzzle

Global Warming Natural, May End Within 20 Years, Says Ohio State University Researcher

Greenland Ice Sheet Changes Are Normal; No Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Changes, Researchers Say
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Scientists Rule Out One Threat Of Antarctic Collapse

Changes Tracked In Polar Ice Sheet Elevations

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