Climate and Sea Level Changes: What is more influential than all the people alive on planet Earth today?

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Fact: Antarctic Ice Is Melting

Sea level rise is a problem that is garnishing increasing attention among both scientists and the media. And as climate change continues to warm the earth, the current rate of 1.4 inches per decade is projected to increase, with NOAA predicting another foot of sea-level rise along US coastlines by 2050.

The most consequential tipping point, when it comes to sea-level rise, is Thwaites Glacier, also known as the Doomsday glacier, located in West Antarctica. When this massive ice sheet melts, the earth’s seas are predicted to rise by at least two feet. But perhaps the greater concern is what will happen to the surrounding ice once Thwaites is no longer there to stabilize the region around it. Many scientists predict that, were this system to completely collapse, we would actually see around 6 feet of sea-level rise – a truly catastrophic scenario.

Kiya Riverman, Glaciologist, Oregon State University

What causes the hotspot under Thwaite’s Glacier?

…increased melting/ice loss of Antarctica’s Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers is the result of geologically induced heat flow emitted from underlying bedrock “hotspots,” not climate change (Figure above).

All but a very minor amount of Antarctica’s glacial ice melting occurs in the western portion of this continent. The most rapid and greatest ice mass loss areas are in West Antarctica. They are positioned directly above geographically extensive and high heat flow geological features. This association is thought to be strong evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship. Discussion of evidence supporting the contention that the melting of Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers is the result of bedrock heat flow (magma) begins with a review of the regional geology (refer to Figure above).

The Pluton Rich “hotspot” is a 61,000-thousand-square-mile area that is home to numerous high-heat-flow lava pockets that are bounded and fueled by deep earth reaching faults. Several detailed research studies document the existence and configuration of this area. This lies along the West Antarctic Rift.

The Mount Erebus Volcanic Complex “Hotspot” is the most geologically active portion of Antarctica. It is a 25,000-square-mile high-heat-flow area, much of which is absent of glacial ice. The absence of glacial ice across a huge portion of West Antarctica is extremely unusual and exceedingly difficult to explain by invoking global warming.

PLATE CLIMATOLOGY: More Proof That Geologic Forces Are Melting Thwaites and Pine Island Glaciers

Food For Thought

The glaciologist Kiya Riverman cites “long-term climate change mitigation” [video: minutes 3:32-3:43]. Houston, we have a problem.

Fact #1: The one thing that can cause the average mean sea level (MSL) to rise six feet over the next ten years is a melt-down of the glaciers.

Fact #2: Scientific, measurable, and repeatable data, clearly show us the rising tide is not a function of anthropogenic (man-caused) climate change. The melting of the West Antarctica glaciers is not caused by rising air temperature; it is the natural volcanic heating under West Antarctica that will affect global tides. The secondary name for Thwaite’s Glacier is The Doomsday Glacier.

Fact #3: The tidal flooding in Miami, Norfolk, and even in Baytown, TX is not due to ‘climate change’ but something the environmentalist activists do not want to discuss. Look to a federal government agency that reports on geological issues from a scientific point of view, the U.S. Geological Survey.

“More than 80 percent of known land subsidence in the U.S. is a consequence of groundwater use and is an often overlooked environmental consequence of our land and water-use practices. Increasing land development threatens to exacerbate existing land-subsidence problems and initiate new ones…” – USGS: Land Subsidence, By Water Resources March 2, 2019

I was born and raised in the small Texas coastal city of Palacios. My home was four blocks from the Gulf of Mexico. At the time I moved from my first home at age 15, the property was approximately thirteen feet (13′) above MSL. Google Earth Pro indicates my backyard was twelve feet above MSL on 12/1/2018. Fifty-six years after my mom remarried and moved us to my stepfather’s home there has been no appreciable change in mean sea level (MSL) in that seaside town. The one-foot difference in elevation is due to land subsidence, a product of pumping groundwater from the aquifer below the city, not due to anthropogenic climate change.

What remedial actions are appropriate? Get to know excellent real estate agents who can help you move inland to a nice lot at least twelve feet above the current mean sea level (MSL). No hurry. You have plenty of time.

Puny mankind’s atmospheric emissions and other human activities are insignificant when compared to the inexhaustible natural forces at work within, above, and on the surface of the earth.

Saber es power — Knowledge is power

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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