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2006-03-10 International-UN-NGOs
Polar Ice Caps Melting; Sea Levels Rising
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Posted by phil_b 2006-03-10 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6471 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 "over ten years the melting ice caps have raised sea levels about half the width of a human hair"


Posted by Barbara Skolaut">Barbara Skolaut  2006-03-10 00:44||]">[]  2006-03-10 00:44|| Front Page Top

#2 Call me when S.F., Marin and Santa Monica are under water OK?
Posted by SPoD 2006-03-10 00:50||]">[]  2006-03-10 00:50|| Front Page Top

#3 and as a result of this millimeter rise in the melting ice caps, we Texans and all of the Southwest portion of the US are suffering droughts, while there is snow in the Sahara Desert. This increase, just goes to proves, this all means, Gore's discovery of the Internet just increase our knowledge of the coming end of our world, created by Global Warming.

Or somethin' like that
Posted by Sherry 2006-03-10 00:53||   2006-03-10 00:53|| Front Page Top

#4 This so called global warming is pissing me off.
I want to grow pecans and oranges in Chicago. Its not looking like it will happen anytime soon.
Posted by 3dc 2006-03-10 00:53||   2006-03-10 00:53|| Front Page Top

#5 A human hair is about a millimeter thick, so over ten years the melting ice caps have raised sea levels about half the width of a human hair.

More if it is an RCH.
Posted by Penguin 2006-03-10 01:19||   2006-03-10 01:19|| Front Page Top

#6 0.1 mm is used as the standard thickness for human hair, or sea level rise of 6 hair thicknesses over 10 years due to Polar icecap melting.
Posted by ed 2006-03-10 01:24||   2006-03-10 01:24|| Front Page Top

#7 Ed, you are quite right. I managed to drop a zero in there. I amend my conclusion.

A human hair is about 0.1 of a millimeter thick, so every year the melting ice caps have raised sea levels about half the width of a human hair.
Posted by phil_b">phil_b  2006-03-10 01:36||]">[]  2006-03-10 01:36|| Front Page Top

#8 Well, it was nice knowing you all. Puttin' on my scuba gear now.
Posted by Seafarious">Seafarious  2006-03-10 01:53||   2006-03-10 01:53|| Front Page Top

#9 Yeah but, what about them hurricanes? Surely that's all the evidence one needs.
Posted by Rafael 2006-03-10 02:32||   2006-03-10 02:32|| Front Page Top

#10 We can't do much about global warming, extreme weather, extinction, etc. But do we really need to add nuclear proliferation to that list?
Posted by Listen To Dogs 2006-03-10 04:03||   2006-03-10 04:03|| Front Page Top

#11 I'm really scared, though, cuz of the headline. I mean, I don't have the time to read articles, so I rely on the headlines. Wonder how many others do that. Wonder if the news organizations know that . . .

Posted by ex-lib 2006-03-10 04:50||   2006-03-10 04:50|| Front Page Top

#12 So the increase is 3mm a year? Ie 1 foot per century. At this step it would take 6 centuries before the seas raise as much as an average man height.

Oh and there is just 98% of the raise who is not explained by ice-cap melting. Where is this water coming from? Volcanos? Leftist crocodile tears about Irak? Pissing contests?
Posted by JFM">JFM  2006-03-10 07:44||   2006-03-10 07:44|| Front Page Top

#13 jfm

The majority of ocean scientists feel that most of the rise in sea level is due to the expansion of water (it gets less dense when it is warmer).

the warming of the oceans over the past few centuries is undoubtedly due to a whole number of reasons; warming of the lower troposhere is one of them
Posted by mhw 2006-03-10 08:07||   2006-03-10 08:07|| Front Page Top

#14 Damn, no wonder I found a good deal on a beachside condo.....
Posted by Desert Blondie 2006-03-10 08:41||]">[]  2006-03-10 08:41|| Front Page Top

#15 If the rising sea level is because of the polar ice caps melting then the rise in level has to be exclusively from the South Pole. Since the northern ice cap contains no land underneath, it could melt in its entirety and not raise sea level one iota.
Posted by Texican">Texican  2006-03-10 08:54||   2006-03-10 08:54|| Front Page Top

#16 Ya beat me to it, Texican. Glacial melt and South Polar ice melt will raise the level, but not North Polar ice.
Posted by Deacon Blues">Deacon Blues  2006-03-10 09:43||   2006-03-10 09:43|| Front Page Top

#17 Lol - I can see it now: the brains of thousands of liberal arts majors exploding... Yeah, okay, some of the burger-flippers (philosophy majors), too.
Posted by .com 2006-03-10 09:48||   2006-03-10 09:48|| Front Page Top

#18 Greenland DB gottem Eskimos, ducks eider, icesheet and land underneeth the ice.
Posted by 6 2006-03-10 10:23||   2006-03-10 10:23|| Front Page Top

#19 A human hair is about a millimeter thick, so over ten years the melting ice caps have raised sea levels about half the width of a human hair.

Should read: A human hair is about 0.1 millimeter thick, so over ten years the melting ice caps have raised sea levels about six times the width of a human hair, or approximately 6 * 10 -20 light-years.
Posted by KBK 2006-03-10 10:58||   2006-03-10 10:58|| Front Page Top

#20 .com,

Hey, us philosophical guyz know about Archimedes. (G)
Posted by Ernest Brown 2006-03-10 11:48||]">[]  2006-03-10 11:48|| Front Page Top

#21 Lol EB. Lemme phrase it this way:
All burger-flippers are philosophy majors, but not all philosophy majors are burger-flippers.

Better? Lol...

I know I shoulda made it ethnic-studies majors but it didn't hit me until about 3 microseconds after I hit submit. Ain't that always the way?
Posted by .com 2006-03-10 11:53||   2006-03-10 11:53|| Front Page Top

#22 Shit. Now South Jersey's gonna be under water.
Posted by Gletle Snarong3002 2006-03-10 12:24||   2006-03-10 12:24|| Front Page Top

#23 Bangladesh is going to be in deep doodoo water, too. There goes the RAB and the Crossfire Gazette stories, unless they go Water World.
Posted by Alaska Paul in Hooper Bay, AK">Alaska Paul in Hooper Bay, AK  2006-03-10 15:37||   2006-03-10 15:37|| Front Page Top

#24 #23 Gletle Snarong3002: "Shit. Now South Jersey's gonna be under water."

And the downside is....? ;-p
Posted by Barbara Skolaut">Barbara Skolaut  2006-03-10 16:50||]">[]  2006-03-10 16:50|| Front Page Top

#25 Bangladesh's problem is the land is sinking, due to the uplift of the Himalayas.
Posted by phil_b">phil_b  2006-03-10 17:19||]">[]  2006-03-10 17:19|| Front Page Top

#26 Well, if George Bush would have signed Kyoto the bloody Himalayas would not be uplifting!
Posted by kelly 2006-03-10 17:49||   2006-03-10 17:49|| Front Page Top

#27 "And the downside is....? ;-p"

All the freeloaders from Camden will be over here on this side of the river, knocking on our doors wanting free stuff. Think NOLA was bad? HA!!!
Posted by Gletle Snarong3002 2006-03-10 18:03||   2006-03-10 18:03|| Front Page Top

#28 The majority of ocean scientists feel that most of the rise in sea level is due to the expansion of water (it gets less dense when it is warmer)

Even if we admit it the rest of the math is correct: a 1 foot raise per century. It would take centuries before it is a problem for the Seychelles Islands.
Posted by  JFM"> JFM  2006-03-10 18:23||   2006-03-10 18:23|| Front Page Top

#29 Two hundred year old paintings of Kenya's Mount Kilimanjaro, reveal a large ice cap. That has gone now. I wouldn't mind some good science on global warming, but not from the Beeb.
Posted by Listen To Dogs 2006-03-10 20:22||   2006-03-10 20:22|| Front Page Top

#30 200 yrs of industrial age around Mt. K, huh? Lotsa impact there
Posted by Frank G">Frank G  2006-03-10 20:37||   2006-03-10 20:37|| Front Page Top

#31 Even if the current rate of rise in sea level would produce 12" increase in a century, there is nothing in the literature to suggest that this rate of rise could be or should be expected to be constant or increase or decrease over a hundred year period.

Predictions over time like this are usually probability measures for single event occurances, such as severe storms or damaging rainfalls, not for predictions of trends.
Posted by john">john  2006-03-10 20:52||   2006-03-10 20:52|| Front Page Top

#32 Were those Mt. K pictures painted in 1816?
Posted by Darrell 2006-03-10 20:59||   2006-03-10 20:59|| Front Page Top

#33 If you take your typical 12 inch world globe, the average ocean depth on that scale is about the thickness of a hair. I'd put my money on deep ocean vents being the source of the 'excess' water.
Posted by KBK 2006-03-10 23:05||   2006-03-10 23:05|| Front Page Top

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