Whoopee, we’re all gonna die

Seawater melting icebergs from below.

You may have heard that Antarctic ice is melting, but new research shows that it’s even worse than suspected. A study published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience found that a huge floating section of ice, abutting one of eastern Antarctica’s largest glaciers, may be more vulnerable to melting than previously thought. As this ice shelf…

7 thoughts on “Whoopee, we’re all gonna die

  1. Penguin Inhofe is saying to Penguin McConnell, “See, I jump and it doesn’t even move!”

  2. An 11 foot rise in sea level. Might be time to cancel that shore front timeshare. You might get a closer ocean view than you’d like.

  3. Another fine example of journalists who are dumb asses when it comes to science and/or the English language. Seriously, when I was in college, the dumbest students majored in journalism, teaching, and business, in that order.
    So the totem glacier is 20 miles thick? I can’t imagine the sea floor near the continent is more than a mile or two deep, 3 at most, maybe six at the Marianna trench. And Mt Everest is less than 6 miles high. How can a glacier be that big, unless they have a different definition of thickness than I do, or than I can even imagine. Even if the are somehow tecnically correct via some strained interpretation of that word, how can they and their editors not recognize the potential for misunderstanding? I thought the ice sheets in Antartica and Greenland were more on the order of a mile or two in thickness. How is 20 miles possible? Do these fools even inform themselves of such basic comparisons and ask themselves if what they write is even realistic before they scribble this nonsense?
    Wikepedia says the glacier extends about 700 miles inland and is about 450 miles across, with no mention of the “thickness” or height/depth. So I can’t even imagine how the dimensions given in this article relate to that reality.

  4. The Journal article contains the most straightforward graphic (figure 2) showing the ice sheet at 400 to 500 meters over hypothetical penetration water of another 400 meters down to the continental land mass. Looking at this feature from the ocean you would experience a vertical wall of about 500 meters or .31 miles.

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