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Antarctic Sea Ice Up 4.7% Since 1980,
Where Is The Media?

5 Apr 09 - Yes, you read that right. The amount of se ice around Antarctica has increased 4.7 percent since 1980. Yet all we hear about are the comparatively tiny areas that are melting.


Last week I saw a breathless article last week telling the heart-wrenching tale of how an ice bridge on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula had broken, and that if all of the Antarctic ice should melt, that sea levels could rise 157 feet.

The article didn't bother to mention that the sea ice around the rest of Antarctica has been expanding, and that if that should continue (which I think is more likely), that sea levels would fall - sea levels would decline! - by 370 feet. In the south, you'd be able to walk from Australia to Tasmania. In the north, with the Bering Straight above water,  you'd be able to walk from Alaska to Siberia.

The article also didn't bother to mention that, except for the Antarctic Peninsula, the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing. (See Antarctic ice grows to record levels)

Take another look at the map (above). See that little tongue of land sticking into the water on the upper left-hand side? That's the Antarctic Peninsula. That's where the ice is melting. But on the rest of Antarctica the ice is growing thicker.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet is twice as big as the continental United States. The Antarctic Ice Sheet contains more than 90 percent of the world's ice. In other words, more than 90 percent of the world's glaciers are growing, and all we hear about are the ones that are melting.

As I said, "Where is the media?"

            If you cherry pick the numbers and look only at the month of March
          (which the article did that I quoted yesterday), the amount of sea ice
          has increased a whopping 43 percent. In March of 1980, Antarctic sea
          ice covered 3.5 million sq. km. (1.6 million sq. miles). Today it covers
          five million sq. km. (1.9 million sq. miles). That's an extra 1.5 million
          sq. km. (386,000 square miles)!

Thanks to Jane Cantrell for this link





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