Need another glacier melt scare?

How about Alaska?  And it sounds even worse when the claim starts with covering the state with a foot of water.  From newsminer.com, Study: Alaska’s melting glaciers key to sea level rise 

FAIRBANKS—Alaska’s glaciers are melting so rapidly that they could blanket the state with a foot of water every seven years, according to a new study by a University of Alaska Fairbanks professor.

Really?  That’s lot’s of steep topography to go under water. The melt rate is estimated at 95 billion tons of water per year. It appears that the nice scary numbers come from looking at the area of the state and the volume of the water, but they really don’t say that.  The effect on sea level rise is “helped increase sea levels by 0.2 mm/year.” It doesn’t say raised sea levels.  Another article in the 1-foot rise echo chamber is here.

Your research sounds much more important when you couch it in the terms of covering the state with a foot of water.

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2 responses to “Need another glacier melt scare?

  1. For the past 500 years, mankind has lived in FEAR OF REALITY. Selfishness – driven by fear – is the root of many of our social problems.

    E.g., the current AGW scare is a continuation of the irrational response almost 500 years ago to the report by Copernicus in 1543 that the Earth and the other planets all orbit a giant fountain of energy at the gravitational center of the solar system.

    Precise measurements and observations on the Sun and other parts of the solar system have revealed that this fountain of energy is the creator, destroyer and sustainer of every atom, life and planet in the solar system [1].

    The fountain of energy at the core of the Sun is neutron repulsion, the source of energy in the cores of

    1. Atoms heavier than 150 amu, like Uranium

    2. Some planets like Jupiter

    3. Ordinary stars like the Sun

    4. Galaxies like the Milky Way

    5. The expanding Universe

    We cannot control, but need not fear or ignore, the pulsar at the core of the Sun that created and sustains every atom, life and world in the solar system today.

    References:

    1a. “Solar Energy,” Adv. Astron. (submitted 1 Sept 2104; published privately 17 Mar 2015)

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Solar_Energy.pdf

    1b. “Supplement for Teachers” (published 30 Mar 2015) https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Supplement.pdf

    1c. “Intro: Science for Teachers” (published 23 May 2015)

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/Introduction.pdf

  2. Big deal about Alaska’s glaciers. For perspective, Lake Superior alone has enough fresh water in it to cover ALL of the continent of North America – some 9.54 million square miles, or 1.76 times as big as Antarctica – in a foot of water. If we’re so worries about melting glaciers, why not collect all that fresh water before it ends up in the sea?

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