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(AP)   Huge ice chunk, seven times the size of Manhattan, breaks off Antarctica ice shelf. EVERYBODY PANIC   (hosted.ap.org) divider line 77
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2008-03-26 01:56:14 AM
Ice chuck?
 
2008-03-26 02:00:01 AM
That would be chunk...
 
2008-03-26 02:03:57 AM
How much ice would an ice chuck chuck if an ice chuck could chuck ice?
 
2008-03-26 02:04:52 AM
Now if we can only get Manhattan to break off and float away.
 
2008-03-26 02:05:06 AM
How much ice could an ice chuck chuck if an ice chuck could chuck ice?
 
2008-03-26 02:05:43 AM
Boojum2k: How much ice would an ice chuck chuck if an ice chuck could chuck ice?

*shakes fist*
 
2008-03-26 02:09:25 AM
www.deltanewsweb.com

This much?
 
2008-03-26 02:16:02 AM
I always knew those pesky ice chucks were up to no good.
 
2008-03-26 02:37:33 AM
In order to stave off rising ocean levels, I propose sponge dinosaur day.

Everyone buys a pack of the expanding sponge dinosaurs and puts them in the ocean.

Together we can have the ultimate sponge dinosaur vs choking fish battles.
 
2008-03-26 02:50:21 AM
Everybody Titanic would've been funnier.

That is all.
 
2008-03-26 02:52:56 AM
EVERYBODY PANIC just never gets old.

I mean it is just funny ever single time a submitter adds it in a headline.

It is the kind of lawless creativity that keeps this place fresh.

I bet there is another DUKE SUCKS thread somewhere around here too.

Genius.
 
2008-03-26 03:24:19 AM
Don't worry. All that pollution in the atmosphere will block the sunlight, and we'll have another little man made ice age.
 
2008-03-26 04:41:10 AM
For the last time people there is no such thing as Global Warming.

http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/nakedgun.gif (new window)
 
2008-03-26 05:04:48 AM
Boojum2k:
How much ice would an ice chuck chuck if an ice chuck could chuck ice?

Wood be alot.
 
2008-03-26 05:08:53 AM
Manhattan isn't really that big.
 
2008-03-26 05:13:14 AM
Just to get it out of the way:

First, we know the surface temperature of the earth is warming. It has risen by .6 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years. There was a warming trend from the 1890s to the 1940s. Cooling from the 1940s to the 1970s. And then sharply rising temperatures from the 1970s to today.

There is a natural greenhouse effect that contributes to warming. Greenhouse gases trap heat, and thus warm the earth because they prevent a significant proportion of infrared radiation from escaping into space. Concentration of greenhouse gases, especially CO2, have increased substantially since the beginning of the industrial revolution. And the National Academy of Sciences indicate that the increase is due in large part to human activity.
--President George W. Bush
 
2008-03-26 05:22:34 AM
eyehate: EVERYBODY PANIC just never gets old.

I mean it is just funny ever single time a submitter adds it in a headline.

It is the kind of lawless creativity that keeps this place fresh.

I bet there is another DUKE SUCKS thread somewhere around here too.

Genius.


didn't you submit this?
 
2008-03-26 05:27:00 AM
We're doomed. We're doomed. Everybody should just call it a day and cack themselves. There will be no more global warming caused by humans. It's so simple.
 
2008-03-26 05:35:01 AM
Um...

Forgive my ignorance... but.. isn't this the ice shelf that just 4~5 years ago they said - if it collapsed - would be the absolute sign that global warming was occurring...

AND would be a potential signal of the proverbial 'beginning of the end' if / when it occurred ?!


On a lighter note...

Personally I am tempted to set sail towards the darn thing... set up house... and declare it an independent nation ( hey - if a WWII sea bunker can do it - why NOT this ! )...

Following up with demands for outrageous compensation from the U.N. ... for the effects of global warming ( due 1st world nations ) on my country !


Michael
 
2008-03-26 05:35:21 AM
Seven times the size of Manhatten? I don't even get out of bed for anything smaller than Belgium.
 
2008-03-26 06:31:21 AM
UNObserver: Um...

Forgive my ignorance... but.. isn't this the ice shelf that just 4~5 years ago they said - if it collapsed - would be the absolute sign that global warming was occurring...

AND would be a potential signal of the proverbial 'beginning of the end' if / when it occurred ?!


Do you believe that global warming is occurring? That's a yes or no question.
 
2008-03-26 06:41:42 AM
Sun God: UNObserver: Um...

Forgive my ignorance... but.. isn't this the ice shelf that just 4~5 years ago they said - if it collapsed - would be the absolute sign that global warming was occurring...

AND would be a potential signal of the proverbial 'beginning of the end' if / when it occurred ?!

Do you believe that global warming is occurring? That's a yes or no question.


I used to believe, but if GW believes it too (see above post) then it must not be happening.
 
2008-03-26 06:50:58 AM
Dubya's_Coke_Dealer

Do you believe that global warming is occurring? That's a yes or no question.

I used to believe, but if GW believes it too (see above post) then it must not be happening.


Somehow, I understand what you're saying, and I agree with it.

/time to cack myself
 
2008-03-26 07:11:23 AM
I just want to know this -- if Antarctica is at the bottom of the world, and every direction from the South Pole is North, how do they know which side is the western side?
 
2008-03-26 07:34:06 AM
www.piratemerch.com
 
2008-03-26 07:36:43 AM
This has never happened ever in the history of the world.
 
2008-03-26 07:45:29 AM
Just to get it out of the way:

First, we know the surface temperature of the earth is warming. It has risen by .6 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years. There was a warming trend from the 1890s to the 1940s. Cooling from the 1940s to the 1970s. And then sharply rising temperatures from the 1970s to today.

There is a natural greenhouse effect that contributes to warming. Greenhouse gases trap heat, and thus warm the earth because they prevent a significant proportion of infrared radiation from escaping into space. Concentration of greenhouse gases, especially CO2, have increased substantially since the beginning of the industrial revolution. And the National Academy of Sciences indicate that the increase is due in large part to human activity. --President George W. Bush


Based on who said that, does it pretty much cement the fact then that global warming is not real?
 
2008-03-26 07:46:50 AM
prekrasno: I just want to know this -- if Antarctica is at the bottom of the world, and every direction from the South Pole is North, how do they know which side is the western side?

Because it's in the western hemisphere.
 
2008-03-26 08:11:17 AM
How many times is this thing going to break off? It did it twice yesterday.
 
2008-03-26 08:13:46 AM
Just wondering how this will raise sea levels? I understand that if the ice melted from the actual landmass of Antarctica it could happen, but I thought these shelfs were just floating. So it should already be displacing the same level of water no matter if it is frozen or liquid.
 
2008-03-26 08:22:44 AM
www.zimwiz.com

The real cause of global warming and sea level rise.

Kari is just too darn HOT.
 
2008-03-26 08:26:22 AM
Seven times the size of Manhattan? Why didn't they just say "the size of Rhode Island"?
 
2008-03-26 08:31:12 AM
ManRay: Why didn't they just say "the size of Rhode Island"?

Cause no one's ever heard of Rhode Island?
 
2008-03-26 08:49:08 AM
wingnut396 Quote 2008-03-26 08:13:46 AM
Just wondering how this will raise sea levels? I understand that if the ice melted from the actual landmass of Antarctica it could happen, but I thought these shelfs were just floating. So it should already be displacing the same level of water no matter if it is frozen or liquid.


Yes, if it were only floating, and only floating ice, that was at risk, this is basically true. We might worry about massive amounts of floating ice melting for other reasons, like the saline content of the ocean changing and affecting global weather or current, but you are correct.

The issue though is that when floating ice melts, land-based ice is likely to start melting as well, and the whole thing kind of snowballs.
 
2008-03-26 08:51:08 AM
ManRay Seven times the size of Manhattan? Why didn't they just say "the size of Rhode Island"?

what the heck is a Rhode Island? is that a place for Rhodes scholars?

//jk geography was always my strong subject
 
2008-03-26 08:54:42 AM
Anyone have the map to dry land?
 
2008-03-26 08:57:59 AM
eyehate: EVERYBODY PANIC just never gets old.

I mean it is just funny ever single time a submitter adds it in a headline.

It is the kind of lawless creativity that keeps this place fresh flesh.

I bet there is another DUKE SUCKS thread somewhere around here too.

Genius.


Sorry, pet peeve.
 
2008-03-26 09:05:03 AM
wingnut396 2008-03-26 08:13:46 AM
Just wondering how this will raise sea levels? I understand that if the ice melted from the actual landmass of Antarctica it could happen, but I thought these shelfs were just floating. So it should already be displacing the same level of water no matter if it is frozen or liquid.


This is a simple experiment to do yourself at home kids. Fill a glass all the way to the top with ice, then fill the glass with water and allow the glass to sit until all the ice has melted. The glass will not have overflown from the ice melting. Thus proving that the ice caps melting will have no effect on sea levels. And if it did, it would be a minor ammount and nothing to freak out over.
 
2008-03-26 09:10:30 AM
pfm-kamikaze:

The glass will not have overflown from the ice melting.

Gee golly, Mr. Wizard, that's swell. Now tell us all about what happens when there's a reduction in albedo and natural carbon sinks, while there is a simultaneous and exponential increase in carbon dioxide production.
 
2008-03-26 09:13:38 AM
pfm-kamikaze: ... Thus proving that the ice caps melting will have no effect on sea levels. And if it did, it would be a minor ammount and nothing to freak out over.

A pretty fair amount of ice in Antarctica is sitting on dry land and well above sea level. There are also issues with changes to the density of the water due to salinity and effects that might have on currently stable ocean currents. Then there are the changes to the overall albedo of the polar regions when large areas of that highly reflective ice go away. If that sunlight isn't bouncing off, it's being absorbed by something and transformed into heat.

The world: it's a lot more complex than you think.
 
2008-03-26 09:14:13 AM
pfm-kamikaze: This is a simple experiment to do yourself at home kids.

Now do it again, this time filling the glass with ice until the ice is resting on the bottom of the glass. What happens this time?
 
2008-03-26 09:29:19 AM
ThatGuyGreg: Now do it again, this time filling the glass with ice until the ice is resting on the bottom of the glass. What happens this time?

Please don't confuse him with a more accurate polar ice analogy. pfm-kamikaze is clearly working from a static set of talking points and we don't want to hurt his head.
 
2008-03-26 09:41:28 AM
in semi-related news, Norwegian scientists confirm discovery what appears to be an alien spacecraft that had been locked in the ice for an as of yet undetermined length of time. however, recent attempts to contact the scientists have failed, raising concerns of many in the scientific community.
 
2008-03-26 09:47:10 AM
Because nothing ever melts and cracks off at the end of a polar summer season.
 
2008-03-26 09:47:22 AM
pfm-kamikaze:
This is a simple experiment to do yourself at home kids. Fill a glass all the way to the top with ice, then fill the glass with water and allow the glass to sit until all the ice has melted. The glass will not have overflown from the ice melting. Thus proving that the ice caps melting will have no effect on sea levels. And if it did, it would be a minor ammount and nothing to freak out over.

EPIC FAIL

I'm a little worried about this news actually. What if something... drifts north?

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2008-03-26 09:56:05 AM
If only AlGore hadn't suggested against the Kyoto Treaty when he was in office...

It's easier to be all environmental out of office because you can:
1. Make a shiat load of money off of dumb saps.
2. Take unrealistic solutions to tackling the issue with no worry about tanking the economy, all the while looking like a good guy for criticizing government officials who don't.
3. Make a shiat load of money off of dumb saps.
 
2008-03-26 09:56:42 AM
No Such Agency:

EPIC FAIL

I'm a little worried about this news actually. What if something... drifts north?


"I dunno what the hell's in there, but it's weird and pissed off, whatever it is."
 
2008-03-26 09:56:59 AM
TheGreyPiper: Because nothing ever melts and cracks off at the end of a polar summer season.

How often does something the size of Rhode Island melt and break off of Antarctica? That's like calling a chunk of ice the size of a Volkswagon that just fell out of the sky "hail".
 
2008-03-26 10:01:32 AM
equilibrium:

That's like calling a chunk of ice the size of a Volkswagon that just fell out of the sky "hail".

Which part of Colorado did you visit?
 
2008-03-26 10:02:26 AM
www.ltscotland.org.uk
OH SHI--
//Nothing too obscure for FARK.
 
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