Watching Ice Melt is Exciting

Aspen Trees in Siberia

A massive summer storm settled over the Arctic and melted a lot of the ice just with the wind and the pressures caused by the storm. Not all the ice is gone, but it’s noticeable in the satellite images, just over the last week.

The storm started out in Siberia where less snow cover on the land contributed to its ferocity. It moved over the ice pack in the Arctic Ocean and gained strength over the unusually warm waters. You can see the sea ice melting in the time-lapse images below. Also, look at the southeastern side of Greenland and you’ll notice a chunk of ice just vanish.

Massive Arctic storm batters sea ice (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 11 August 2012 by Neven Whoever said watching the Arctic during the melting season is boring, needs to put his glasses on. After a record low reflectivity of the Greenland ice sheet (with accompanying floodings on the west coast of Greenland), the calving of another enormous iceberg from…


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  1. I find this entire topic absolutely fascinating. I once worked in the Arctic and worked with the Native people who I overheard discussing the tremendous loss of Arctic ice during the summer of 2007. I would latter learn it seems the current events transpiring in the Arctic are moving in an accelerated fashion. Further study reveals a drastic rise in ocean elevation due to an ice free Arctic including Greenland. Approx 25 feet? I’m now seeing and reading a possibility of an Ice free Arctic in the very near future. Here are my questions. I already know the answer to these but choose to divulge them in this manner.
    What is the elevation of Central Valley California? Known as “The bread basket of America.” Home to how many millions of people? Hypothetically what would happen to that place if oceans were to rise 25 feet? And what would happen to the San Andreas fault if trillions of tons of water were placed on it? Just a thought.
    Prior to the construction of Hoover dam; the Sultan sea was much larger than it currently is and it’s seismic data was much more involved than it is now. The San Andreas fault runs underneath The Sultan Sea, through Central Valley California and all the way to Anchorage Alaska. Actually its part of the same fault system that makes up the Pacific rim of fire. I’m not saying this is going to happen but looking at the scientific data it appears there’s a correlation between seismic activity and the weight of water on that fault. An ice free Arctic raises ocean elevations approximately to the same elevation as C.V.C. but an ice free Arctic disrupts the Thermo haline conveyor (T.H.C.) process thus having a direct impact on Antarctica which raises oceans approximately 230 feet if it were to melt. A shut down of the THC warms oceans to the point of no return. We will not see ice in the Arctic ever again. Finding fossilized dinosaurs with vegetation in their mouths frozen in some wasteland is a pretty strong indication of whatever it was that happened, it put this earth in a nuclear winter and fast. Were about to find out what this place looked like prior to that happening. It’s already started and there’s no stopping it.
    Google a topographical map of the U.S. and look and see where the elevation of 230 to 250 lies. It’s quite frightening.

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