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From todays Google News (Australia)...




Antarctic ice growing, not shrinking


18 Apr 2009, 2127 hrs



SYDNEY: New analysis has indicated that contrary to the belief

that there is large-scale melting of ice over most of Antarctica,

ice is actually expanding in a large portion of the continent.


Antarctica has 90 per cent of the Earth's ice and 80 per cent of

its fresh water. Extensive melting of Antarctic ice sheets would

be required to raise sea levels substantially, and ice is melting in

parts of west Antarctica.


The destabilization of the Wilkins ice shelf generated international

headlines this month.


However, according to a report in the Australian, the picture is very

different in east Antarctica, which includes the territory claimed by Australia.


East Antarctica is four times the size of west Antarctica and parts of it are cooling.

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research report noted that the South Pole

had shown "significant cooling in recent decades".


According to Australian Antarctic Division glaciology program head Ian Allison,

sea ice losses in west Antarctica over the past 30 years had been more than offset

by increases in the Ross Sea region, just one sector of east Antarctica.


"Sea ice conditions have remained stable in Antarctica generally," Dr Allison said.


The melting of sea ice - fast ice and pack ice - does not cause sea levels to rise

because the ice is in the water.


Sea levels may rise with losses from freshwater ice sheets on the polar caps.


In Antarctica, these losses are in the form of icebergs calved from ice shelves

formed by glacial movements on the mainland.


Dr Allison said there was not any evidence of significant change in the mass of

ice shelves in east Antarctica nor any indication that its ice cap was melting.


"The only significant calvings in Antarctica have been in the west," he said.


Ice core drilling in the fast ice off Australia's Davis Station in East Antarctica

by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-Operative Research Centre shows

that last year, the ice had a maximum thickness of 1.89m, its densest in 10 years.


The average thickness of the ice at Davis since the 1950s is 1.67m.


A paper to be published soon by the British Antarctic Survey in the journal

Geophysical Research Letters is expected to confirm that over the past 30

years, the area of sea ice around the continent has expanded.











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A must read for new international currancy & Conspiracy believers !

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Glad I don't live on the east coast of USA!

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