Mountain Top Ice NOT Melting

tony leather By tony leather, 7th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/23khkit_/
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This radical re-appraisal of Asian ice melting came about via data from two new satellites called Grace, measuring tiny changes in the Earth's gravitational pull, which weakens when ice is lost

Mountain Top Ice NOT Melting


In a newly published set of results about global warming impacts, the amazing revelation that the greatest snow-capped peaks on earth, running from the Himalayas to China and beyond, have not actually experienced any loss of ice in the past ten years.
This news has come as a real surprise to climate scientists, convinced earlier that at least fitfy billion tons of melt-water were vanishing from these mountain ranges annually and not being replaced by new falls of fresh snow.
The first-ever study surveying all icecaps and glaciers on earth, using satellite data showed that overall, outside of Greenland and Antarctica, the contribution of melting ice is much less than previously estimated,
because of the negligible mass loss from high mountain Asia.

Himalayan glacial melting caused controversy when, in 2009 a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report wrongly claimed that these glaciers would disappear by 2035, instead of 2350 as it should have stated. Even so the melting of ice caps and glaciers around the world remains a serious concern.

Huge amounts of fresh water pour into the oceans every year, and the world should be just as worried as before, because up to 630billion tons of melt-waters fllod the oceans annually, raising sea level by about 1.5mm a year.

Lower-altitude glaciers in Asia, called by some the third pole, are melting fast,. but between 2003-10 enough ice was added to the peaks to compensate for the losses. Projections for sea level rise by 2100 will hardly change, but global warming is still a serious problem.

This radical re-appraisal of Asian ice melting came about via data from two new satellites called Grace, measuring tiny changes in the Earth's gravitational pull, which weakens when ice is lost.
Flying at 500km above the planet, they see everything, making this data is the most reliable produced to date, though it does not mean that climate change concerns are overblown, but that there is a much larger uncertainty in high mountain Asia than previously thought.
Global observations of the Earth's ice, from the permafrost through the poles and glaciers show trends being the same worldwide, and the icy wastes of the world steadily retreating, though less energetic solar activity over the next 11-year cycle could help reverse the process.

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Findings, Glaciers, Global Warming, Himalayas, Melting, Mountains, Peaks, Research

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author avatar yellowzigzag
12th Apr 2012 (#)

the saying when hell freezes over lets hope this never comes to the for. is ice and snow really part of our ground rule does it happen because we are going to far in the wrong direction. in to the cold of the universe.

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