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West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!

 
Luisport

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West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
New research suggests that West Antarctica has warmed much more than scientists have thought over the last half century, an ominous finding given that the huge ice sheet there may be vulnerable to long-term collapse, with potentially drastic effects on sea level.

A paper released Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience found that the temperature at a research station in the middle of West Antarctica has warmed by 4.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1958. That is roughly twice as much as scientists previously thought and three times the overall rate of global warming, making central West Antarctica one of the fastest-warming regions on earth.
“The surprises keep coming,” said Andrew J. Monaghan, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., who took part in the study. “When you see this type of warming, I think it’s alarming.”

Of course, warming in Antarctica is a relative concept. West Antarctica remains an exceedingly cold place, with average annual temperatures in the center of the ice sheet that are nearly 50 degrees Fahrenheit below freezing.

But the temperature there does sometimes rise above freezing in the summer, and the new research raises the possibility that it might begin to happen more often, potentially weakening the ice sheet through surface melting. The ice sheet is already under attack at the edges by warmer ocean water, and scientists are on alert for any fresh threat.

A potential collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet is one of the long-term hazards that have led experts to worry about global warming. The base of the ice sheet sits below sea level, in a configuration that makes it especially vulnerable. Scientists say a breakup of the ice sheet, over a period that would presumably last at least several hundred years, could raise global sea levels by 10 feet, possibly more.
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
hiding
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12/23/2012 03:40 PM

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Its gonna melt sooner or later...


on day humans will be living on Antarctica and doing scientific studies of the frozen land of USA
(or Europe or place of choice lol)
and wondering... hmmmmm... was there an advanced civilization under the ice?


nice find LP

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Its gonna melt sooner or later...


on day humans will be living on Antarctica and doing scientific studies of the frozen land of USA
(or Europe or place of choice lol)
and wondering... hmmmmm... was there an advanced civilization under the ice?


nice find LP
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


hf do you think so? Huuuge transformations then...
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12/23/2012 03:45 PM

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Its gonna melt sooner or later...


on day humans will be living on Antarctica and doing scientific studies of the frozen land of USA
(or Europe or place of choice lol)
and wondering... hmmmmm... was there an advanced civilization under the ice?


nice find LP
 Quoting: Dr. Acula


hf do you think so? Huuuge transformations then...
 Quoting: Luisport


I believe so.

I think is a cycle.

I believe the earth changes and restores its self

I don't know how fast things change. I'd assume its not a instant change... but then again it could be?


but yes very huge transformations!

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Luisport (OP)

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
yes i agree with you too, our planet is self restauring
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12/23/2012 03:51 PM
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
why not... we can live on floating ice sheets... like the polar bears o_O
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12/23/2012 03:56 PM
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Oh cool.

Butistillwantmoney ... Its an a letter.
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
yes i agree with you too, our planet is self restauring
 Quoting: Luisport


Where my home is was once the ocean floor, that was many millions of years ago. There are lots of fossils containing shells and small sea creatures.

Land emerges, land sinks.

Its Earths way of formatting herself :)

scary yet beautiful :)
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12/23/2012 08:30 PM

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
It really is alarming, in a way. This would greatly accelerate the timeline we thought we were working with from many hundreds of years to just a few hundred. Japanese corporations have business plans reaching farther than that.

As usual, good find LP!hf
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12/23/2012 08:45 PM
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Which part of Antarctica is the west?

Isn't it all Northern Antarctica!
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12/23/2012 08:48 PM
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
I wonder if they will find any Nazicles when it thaws out.
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12/23/2012 08:49 PM
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one day it will all melt, cos it will be on the equator
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
So after your last post is this the nail in the coffin?
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12/24/2012 04:48 AM

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
It really is alarming, in a way. This would greatly accelerate the timeline we thought we were working with from many hundreds of years to just a few hundred. Japanese corporations have business plans reaching farther than that.

As usual, good find LP!hf
 Quoting: Mycelium


hf
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12/24/2012 05:05 AM

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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Aren't we headed to a mini ice age soon? Since solar activity looks to be at a minimum.
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Aren't we headed to a mini ice age soon? Since solar activity looks to be at a minimum.
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i'm thinking about it too...
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12/24/2012 05:11 AM
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
yah its called radiation
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12/24/2012 05:12 AM
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Re: West Antarctica Warming Faster Than Thought!!!
Good find
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