Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008.
WHAT?!! Alaskan glaciers have been shrinking for 200 freakin' years until now. Do the Global Warming Fried Earthers know this? Has Al Gore heard the news?
So, what are the glaciers doing now?
Unusually large amounts of winter snow were followed by unusually chill temperatures in June, July and August.GROWING!! OMG! That means the it's been really, really cold, not really, really hot. But... but, Al Gore says he's hot.
"In mid-June, I was surprised to see snow still at sea level in Prince William Sound," said U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia. "On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July. At Bering Glacier, a landslide I am studying, located at about 1,500 feet elevation, did not become snow free until early August.
"In general, the weather this summer was the worst I have seen in at least 20 years."
Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Icefield witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.
"It's been a long time on most glaciers where they've actually had positive mass balance," Molnia said.
That's the way a scientist says the glaciers got thicker in the middle. Read more.
The first sentence says the glaciers have been shrinking for 200 years. Since 1808, SUVs and industrial pollution have been hard at work destroying the planet's ecosystem. Except the Industrial Revolution didn't get going full throttle til 1830-1840, although it did start sometime in the 1780s around 2:15 p.m. on a Tuesday, so there were no SUVs and the pollution hadn't the time to get from the source to Alaska.
I bet Sunbeams had plenty of time to do the job.
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