Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Glacier Loses Ice Chunk Equal to One-Eighth of Manhattan

Oh, joy. A glacier on Greenland lost a 2.7 square mile chunk of ice - in a single day.  I especially like that final paragraph in the article (my emphasis in bold):

This is part of a recent trend which scientists say started around the beginning of this decade. Between 1850 and 1964, the glacier's ice front had retreated at about 0.3 kilometers a year. It then stayed that way until 2001 when the decrease began to accelerate at about 3 km/yr. (For more on the Jakobshavn Glacier Calving Front, click here.)

Thomas Wagner, cryospheric program scientist at NASA noted that while there have been ice breakouts of this magnitude from Jakonbshavn and other glaciers before, he described this event as "unusual because it occurs on the heels of a warm winter that saw no sea ice form in the surrounding bay." "While the exact relationship between these events is being determined, it lends credence to the theory that warming of the oceans is responsible for the ice loss observed throughout Greenland and Antarctica," he said.

In February, NASA scientists reported that west Greenland's glaciers were melting 100 times faster at their end points beneath the ocean than at their surfaces. The likely explanation behind the undersea melting: warmer ocean waters.

Remember back in January, when it was cold and snowing for a week, and everybody decided that proved that global warming was a big hoax?  Sigh...good times.  Sadly, denial continues to be the rule of the day, and people can't even be bothered to acknowledge the problem exists.  Your grandchild will not have this luxury.

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