Posted 2 months ago on Feb. 21, 2013, 9:07 a.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Recent developements have permitted agencies like NASA to in effect measure the thickness of the Ice Cap. They call it an ice sheet, but really it's not a sheet. It's a cube. Measuring its surface area really doesn't help anyone understand its relative stability if you don't know how thick it is. In a way it's like a really big refigerator, an earth sized version of cold storage.
The upper atmosphere is also a repository of coldness, as is the deep sea. As we trap more heat, this provides energy. This leads to a greater excitement among molecules. Excited molecules jump around with greater enthusiasm, leading to an overall increase in circulation world wide. We see some of this circulation in the form a wildly oscillating jet stream, and huge storms, storms like Katrina and Sandy, storms that stir the upper atmosphere and the oceans depths.
All of this stirring leads to heat transference.
IF temps have been relatively stable world wide for the past decade, the biggest contributor may be heat transference from these sources of cold storage. Once the overall volume of cold storage is reduced, we will again see temperatures climb, and they may well climb in a precipitous manner.
Once the volume of cold storage has been reduced past a certain point, there may not be any other mitigating factor of significance.
That's my thinking, anyway. I'm not a scientist. But someone should tell Trashy Macaque that it is not called an ice cube for nothing.