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Author Topic: ICE CAPS MELT MUCH FASTER THEN EXPECTED!!  (Read 3439 times)


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« on: November 21, 2005, 08:46:19 PM »
the rate of this - i say we have 5-10 years LEFT. (YOU NEED A BOAT!!!!!!!!!!!)

King of kings' Bible - Enoch 68:14 Since they (men) were only created, so
that, like the angels of heaven, they might remain righteous and pure.
68:15 Then death, which destroys every thing, would not have affected them;
68:16 But by this, THEIR KNOWLEDGE (science - 1 Tim. 5:20), THEY PERISH, and
by this also its power consumes them.

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20 November 2005 21:35
The big thaw
Global disaster will follow if the ice cap on Greenland melts. Now
scientists say it is vanishing far faster than even they expected.
Geoffrey Lean reports

Published: 20 November 2005

Greenland's glaciers have begun to race towards the ocean, leading
scientists to predict that the vast island's ice cap is approaching
irreversible meltdown, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.

Research to be published in a few days' time shows how glaciers that
have been stable for centuries have started to shrink dramatically as
temperatures in the Arctic have soared with global warming. On top of
this, record amounts of the ice cap's surface turned to water this

The two developments - the most alarming manifestations of climate
change to date - suggest that the ice cap is melting far more rapidly
than scientists had thought, with immense consequences for civilisation
and the planet. Its complete disappearance would raise the levels of
the world's seas by 20 feet, spelling inundation for London and other
coastal cities around the globe, along with much of low-lying countries
such as Bangladesh.

More immediately, the vast amount of fresh water discharged into the
ocean as the ice melts threatens to shut down the Gulf Stream, which
protects Britain and the rest of northern Europe from a freezing
climate like that of Labrador.

The revelations, which follow the announcement that the melting of sea
ice in the Arctic also reached record levels this summer, come as the
world's governments are about to embark on new negotiations about how
to combat global warming.

This week they will meet in Montreal for the first formal talks on
whether there should be a new international treaty on cutting the
pollution that causes climate change after the Kyoto protocol expires
in seven years' time. Writing in The Independent yesterday, Tony Blair
called the meeting "crucial", adding that it "must start to shape an
inclusive global solution". But little progress is expected, largely
because of continued obstruction from President George Bush.

The new evidence from Greenland, to be published in the journal
Geophysical Research Letters, shows a sudden decline in the giant
Helheim glacier, a river of ice that grinds down from the inland ice
cap to the sea through a narrow rift in the mountain range on the
island's east coast.

Professor Slawek Tulaczyk, of the Department of Earth Sciences at the
University of California, Santa Cruz, told the IoS that the glacier had
dropped 100 feet this summer.

Over the past four years, the research adds, the front of the glacier -
which has remained in the same place since records began - has
retreated four and a half miles. As it has retreated and thinned, the
effects have spread inland "very fast indeed", says Professor Tulaczyk.
As the centre of the Greenland ice cap is only 150 miles away, the
researchers fear that it, too, will soon be affected.

The research echoes disturbing studies on the opposite side of
Greenland: the giant Jakobshavn glacier - at four miles wide and 1,000
feet thick the biggest on the landmass - is now moving towards the sea
at a rate of 113 feet a year; the normal annual speed of a glacier is
just one foot.

The studies have found that water from melted ice on the surface is
percolating down through holes on the glacier until it forms a layer
between it and the rock below, slightly lifting it and moving it toward
the sea as if on a conveyor belt. This one glacier alone is reckoned
now to be responsible for 3 per cent of the annual rise of sea levels

"We may be very close to the threshold where the Greenland ice cap will
melt irreversibly," says Tavi Murray, professor of glaciology at the
University of Wales. Professor Tulaczyk adds: "The observations that we
are seeing now point in that direction."

Until now, scientists believed the ice cap would take 1,000 years to
melt entirely, but Ian Howat, who is working with Professor Tulaczyk,
says the new developments could "easily" cut this time "in half".

There is also a more immediate danger as the melting ice threatens to
disrupt the Gulf Stream, responsible for Britain's mild climate. The
current, which brings us as much heat in winter as we get from the sun,
is driven by very salty water sinking off Greenland. This drives a deep
current of cold ocean southwards, in turn forcing the warm water north.

Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts has
shown, that even before the glaciers started accelerating, the water in
the North Atlantic was getting fresher in what it describes as "the
largest and most dramatic oceanic change ever measured in the era of
modern instruments".

Even before these discoveries, scientists had shortened to evens the
odds on the Gulf Stream failing this century. When it failed before,
12,700 years ago, Britain was covered in permafrost for 1,300 years.