March 2, 2006

Even More is Melting

I don't think this will surprise anyone who has been marginally alert for the past few years:

Joining the growing list of places on this planet that are melting, Antarctica is losing about 36 cubic miles (150 cubic kilometers) of ice every year, scientists reported Thursday.
However, computer models run in 2001 predicted that Antarctica would gain ice during the 21st century due to increased precipitation in a warming climate. The new study, based on satellite measurements between 2002 and 2005, shows the opposite.

Antarctica is twice as large as Australia. The ice sheet, which covers about 98 percent of the continent, has an average thickness of about 6,500 feet — more than a mile.

It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to spend lots of money on infrastructure and structures in areas that are going to be underwater a few years down the time line.

Posted by Steve on March 2, 2006
follow me on Twitter