Skip to main content
Message Font: Serif | Sans-Serif
No. of Recommendations: 2
"The ice caps are melting.

Yes...10000 years ago they covered NYC with a mile deep of ice.

Isn't it great they are melting back in the roghly 18000 years between ice ages?

Still clueless I see.

As long as there is any ice in the glass, the temp stays near freezing.

As long as there are polar ice caps there will be stabilization. When there are no more polar ice caps, the stabilization will cease. Additionally, long before all the ice melts in Greenland and Antarctica we will have made significant adjustments as a population.

In the mean time, when we lose summer ice at the end of the summer we can expect some changes. This could mean much hotter and violent end of summer, beginning of fall times and milder winters. My expectation is that the Northern Hemisphere will get a net gain in usable land.

Finally, and this is beyond my knowledge and is just a guess, it would seem that the ice in the Arctic ocean would have a bigger heat sink effect than the ice on Antarctica. If that is the case, and that is a big if, then we can expect to see significant warming starting up again in one or two years.

This may not be a bad thing,( and again, this is way beyond my knowledge and is simply extrapolation for high school science,) the Arctic Ocean will absorb a lot of cold in the winter and release it in the summer during the phase change from seawater to ice, thus tempering the extremes in the weather from winter to summer, at least in some areas of the Northern Hemisphere. However, even at my boldest I would not hazard a guess as to where the smoothing out effects might be. My experience so far has been that the changes that have taken place have been counter intuitive.

Qazulight (Yes in fact I DO argue with fence posts!)
Print the post  


What was Your Dumbest Investment?
Share it with us -- and learn from others' stories of flubs.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.