Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Glaciers Grow First Time in 200 Years

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.

"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.
GROWING!! OMG! That means the it's been really, really cold, not really, really hot. But... but, Al Gore says he's hot.

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.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Anonymous said...

Big Al is not gonna be deterred by facts, so quit wasting your time. Don

Gayle said...

LOL! I maintain that Indigo can waste his time anytime he chooses to do so! ;)

I don't believe pointing out Al Gore's idiocy is a waste of time though. Al Gore is a waste of time! He's only hot because he's so full of hot air.

Mike H. said...

Hey when he's hot, he's hot! 'Course when he's not, he's not.

Indigo Red said...

Al Gore is a metaphor, a symbol for the GW crowd.

The point is that Alaskan glaciers, and many other glaciers around the planet, were shrinking many decades BEFORE the Industrial Revolution and nearly a century before Sport Utility Vehicles or anything else we have today that have been blamed for GW. And now that we have the modern toys, the glaciers are growing. By the Al Gore reasoning, what is the connection between the SUV and glacier growth?

Global warming, global cooling, global climate change was, is, and always will be a natural occurrance no matter what humans do.