Tuesday, 12 July 2011

How the hell does ice melt "a bit" at minus 37 C?

Hi interweb,
Today I am going to ask the interweb a very simple question.
Please feel free to jump in with your theories and or suggestions to this thorny issue.
I seem to be missing a few brain cells or maybe it’s simply my age and I may have forgotten all about the physics and chemistry I learned at school but after reading this paragraph I could not help but see a flaw in the argument about melting ice in Antarctica.

“Most of the world's ice is in Antarctica. The continent is covered by an ice shelf 2,133 meters (7,000 feet) thick. If the entire ice pack melted, the world's oceans would rise by 61 meters (200 feet). But since the average temperature in Antarctica is -37°C (-35°F), this is very unlikely to happen. More likely is that only a portion of the ice melts, increasing sea levels by a few feet or meters.”

OK, can anybody else see the obvious flaw in this argument?
No, well here’s a clue. When I was at school water froze at zero degrees Celsius. If it got colder it did not melt, zero, zilch, nadda degrees water will freeze.
So when did it become popular science that at minus 37 degrees Celsius ice might melt “a bit”
Lets look at that statement again...

“But since the average temperature in Antarctica is -37°C (-35°F), this is very unlikely to happen. More likely is that only a portion of the ice melts, increasing sea levels by a few feet or meters.”

Please somebody put me out of my misery for the love of all that is good in the world.  How at an average temperature of minus 37 degrees Celsius does ice melt.... “a bit”.
OK now I've ridiculed the idiotic tree huggers enough for one day, if there is any ice melt in Antarctica maybe, just maybe some of the frigging huge research grants ought to be spent on finding out the real reason why instead of blaming me for driving a 3 litre trooper.
If at minus 37 degrees Celsius there is actual proof of “a bit” of ice melting I for one would really like to know for sure what the hell is causing it.
Radiation from outer space, penguins lighting their farts for amusement not knowing the damage they are causing to their own habitat.
Or (not sure it’s grammatically correct to start a sentence with or but heyho) is this yet another smoke screen the billion dollar global warming machine has thrown up in order to make yet more money.
Maybe the Bavarian Illuminati are behind the whole thing, it wouldn’t surprise me to be honest, they're behind most conspiracies where there is a few bucks to be made.
Anyway, please feel free to do any experiments you feel you need to to show me how to melt ice at minus 35 degress Celsius, but only “a bit”

Peace out Yall, THE BAGSTA XXX

NB. No penguins were harmed during the writing of this blog post!

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