Sea icy off part of Antarctica despite fear of melt

antarctic_tempBy Reuters

Sea water under an East Antarctic ice shelf showed no sign of higher temperatures despite fears of a thaw linked to global warming that could bring higher world ocean levels, first tests showed on Monday.

Sensors lowered through three holes drilled in the Fimbul Ice Shelf showed the sea water is still around freezing and not at higher temperatures widely blamed for the break-up of 10 shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula, the most northerly part of the frozen continent.

“The water under the ice shelf is very close to the freezing point,” Ole Anders Noest of the Norwegian Polar Institute wrote in a statement after drilling through the Fimbul, which is between 250 meters and 400 meters (820-1,310 ft) thick.

“This situation seems to be stable, suggesting that the melting under the ice shelf does not increase,” he wrote of the first drilling cores.

Read the rest of this article at Reuters UK.

16 Responses to Sea icy off part of Antarctica despite fear of melt

  1. Flu-Bird January 14, 2010 at 12:09 am #

    All this GLOBAL WARMING poppycock this just proves AL GORE is a con artists and a cheat

  2. Rob N. Hood January 14, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    What about the banking system, financial system, our political system and our electoral process? Any conning and cheating going on there??

  3. Dan January 14, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    Of course. And we’re fighting that too (just not here – this is a global warming blog). In politics, nothing is more abhorrent to me than corruption. Minnesota Majority is working hard on the elections issues. We’ve done more research into election discrepancies than (as far as I can tell) anyone else ever has in Minnesota.

  4. Rob N. Hood January 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    Well and good. My point was this: all the energy and focus on one rather powerless man (a business man to be sure with good connections- how American can you get?) is almost pointless. Except for the Cap and Trade issue, which should be fought, but again Al Gore is just the tip of the iceberg. Following is a list of names by way of example. And my point here is? It is that there IS a core to all of this, we can and should target the rich and powerful, not just one man, or two (many will scream out Obama’s name at this point…). And after that? Change the poltiical system in this country to be what it was originally meant to be.

    Meet the 17 polluters and deniers who are derailing efforts to curb global warming:

    The Profiteer: Warren Buffett, CEO, Berskhire Hathaway
    The Dinsinformer: Rupert Murdoch, CEO, News Corp.
    The Fake Protestor: Jack Gerard, President, American Petroleum
    Burning Man: Rex Tillerson, CEO, ExxonMobil
    The Dirty Democrat: Sen. Mary Landrieu, Democrat, Louisiana
    The Drudge of Denial: Marc Morano, Founder, Climate Depot
    God’s Denier; Sen. James Inhofe, Republican, Oklahoma
    The Power Player: David Ratcliffe, CEO, Southern Company
    The Arm Twister: Dick Gephardt, CEO, Gephardt Group
    The Pundit: George Will, Commentator, ABC
    The Know Nothing: Tom Donohue, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    The Coal Baron: Don Blankenship, CEO, Massey Energy
    The Hack Scientist: Fred Singer, Retired physicist, University of Virginia
    The Flip Flopper: Sen. John McCain, Republican, Arizona
    The Inquisitor: Rep. Joe Barton, Republican, Texas
    The Tea Partiers: Charles and David Koch, CEO and Executive Vice President, Koch Industries

    from: Tim Dickinson, The Climate Killers, Rolling Stone, 1-6-10

    • Dan McGrath January 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

      Global warming has already been “curbed.” It’s over. Mission accomplished!

  5. Rob N. Hood January 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Too bad you don’t have a huge banner and an aircraft carrier to hang it on.

  6. Dan McGrath January 14, 2010 at 3:32 pm #

    I don’t, but Obama does. Liberals don’t like to solve problems, though, because it means the end of programs. Even though the (non) problem has been “solved,” Obama will have to continue to pretend it’s a big problem to keep his agenda going, grow government and fleece We the People of more of our labor.

  7. Rob N. Hood January 15, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    Perhaps, but the Repubs don’t even want to pretend to even try and solve any problems but their own. And lest you forgot it was Bush who hung a big banner about mission accomplished. Why do you people always turn things around like that, it’s really lame.

    Anyway, kudos to you re: the seeming victory. However, be aware that Obama may just roll over everyone just like Bush and Cheney did for 8 years and do whatever the hell he wants to do. Why not? There’s PLENTY of precedent thanks to Bush. Just sayin-. You know the gift that keeps on giving? I’m not saying it’s right, in fact no President should have that kind of power, it’s unAmerican. But Bush created that monster, truly he did. We Liberals knew that and tried to warn you guys about it. Did you listen, did you care then? Nope. You did not.

  8. paul wenum January 16, 2010 at 1:58 am #

    Here it goes again, “Bush did it, Bush did it, Bush did it.” Do you people have a life or do you always look in the past? Blame “Ike” for our interstate highways needing repair. Let’s blame Truman for Iran’s nuclear threat. Always a blame game when things don’t go the left wing liberal way. Children have better manners and probably more common sense.

  9. Rob N. Hood January 16, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    You learn nothing from history, even the past? Why is that I wonder? I’m condemning Obama at the same time in case you didn’t notice. Oh that’s right, you didn’t notice.

  10. Rob N. Hood January 16, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    You learn nothing from history, even the recent past? Why is that I wonder? I’m condemning Obama at the same time in case you didn’t notice. Oh that’s right, you didn’t notice.

  11. paul wenum January 17, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    I’ve learned from the past. Was taught that you have to fail sometimes to succeed and I have done a lot of that over 40 plus years of working. You learn from your mistakes and go forward finding out that you are not “always right.” “Real people” bring you back to reality, “Plastic people” bring you down. What is a “Plastic person?” One that agrees with you all the time. I have no time for them. They will always bring you down!

  12. Rob N. Hood January 17, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    So what are you saying Bush was a mistake? Come on, be clear for a change. You write cryptically, which is a sign of…. well it could mean many things.

  13. paul wenum January 17, 2010 at 11:46 pm #

    Having voted for President Bush, I was disappointed with his spending policies and he rarely vetoed anything that I, as well as others would have. As to the military etc, he did a fine job. At least “real” people admit their misgivings. I find it ironic that most left wing and I mean left wing never do. To this day, Al Gore walks on water. What the heck do all you people drink? Please let me know so that I can avoid it at all cost.

  14. Rob N. Hood January 18, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    Al Gore didn’t start two unnesceaary and costly wars that I and your children will be paying for, for a long time to come. Thanks for that you patriot you.

  15. paul wenum January 19, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    You are Welcome. I appreciate the compliment.

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