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(WTSP)   Alaska now reportedly sinking as the "permafrost" thaws. EVERYBODY PANIC   (wtsp.com) divider line 97
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2013-10-09 12:44:44 PM
If Sarah Palin and her family sink with it.....I'm OK with this.
 
2013-10-09 12:57:36 PM
So they'll have to stand on a couple phonebooks in order to see Russia..
 
2013-10-09 01:08:44 PM
Their bootstraps will hold them up.
 
2013-10-09 01:16:11 PM
This is a good argument for expanding oil drilling throughout Alaska, though. Oil is heavy, as anyone who's ever tried to lift an oil barrel knows, and as it's pumped out of the ground the reservoirs in which it's currently sequestered will become air-filled pockets in the rocket, sort of like you find in pumice (a rock that in some instances is actually able to float because of all these air pockets). This, in turn, will help increase Alaska's natural buoyancy.
 
2013-10-09 01:35:51 PM
Yep, you can tell by the frozen roads

feeder.gina.alaska.edu
 
2013-10-09 01:41:48 PM
If Alaska sinks, and Alaska is a big freaking state (those maps you have lie to you in terms of relative size). If Alaska sinks below the sea....would Florida (the direct opposite of the continent) suddenly become the tallest point in the world? Think about it. Say you have a piece of wood and you sink one side, the other side goes up! That's what'll happen to Florida, and the rest of us would all be skewed 30 degrees that way. If this happens, then someone's gonna erect a Florida up the flagpole. Are you gonna salute it?
 
2013-10-09 01:54:37 PM

Walker: If Sarah Palin and her family sink with it.....I'm OK with this.


Came for this, hoping for hypothermia or drowning within sight of, say, Russia.
 
2013-10-09 01:54:38 PM
Good time to sell it to Canada. They're used to the weather.
/Alaska falls below my personal standard for statehood: # senators > # of representatives.
 
2013-10-09 01:55:16 PM
funnycatwallpapers.com
 
2013-10-09 01:55:20 PM
Will Sarah Palin be able to see Russian subs from her house?
 
2013-10-09 01:56:04 PM
Man, I really learn a lot about geology from fark threads.
 
2013-10-09 01:56:16 PM
Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?
 
2013-10-09 01:56:33 PM
We will have to trust Canada to light the beacons when Putin rears his ugly head.
 
2013-10-09 01:56:55 PM

zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?


Young Earth Creationist?
 
2013-10-09 01:57:33 PM

zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?


Because by definition, something that is permanent cannot disappear.

/not subby
//got his joke
 
2013-10-09 01:58:18 PM

simplicimus: Good time to sell it to Canada. They're used to the weather.
/Alaska falls below my personal standard for statehood: # senators > # of representatives.


Perhaps once we would have enjoyed West Yukon, but now it's filled with the worst kind of tenants, and you know how hard they are to budge.

www.tifr.us
 
2013-10-09 01:59:22 PM

zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?


Seriously, WTF?
 
2013-10-09 01:59:57 PM
This isn't a big deal because Alaska is practically 100% mountains.  This is a big deal because everywhere but the coast in Alaska sucks too much to live there.
 
2013-10-09 02:00:15 PM

Valiente: simplicimus: Good time to sell it to Canada. They're used to the weather.
/Alaska falls below my personal standard for statehood: # senators > # of representatives.

Perhaps once we would have enjoyed West Yukon, but now it's filled with the worst kind of tenants, and you know how hard they are to budge.

[www.tifr.us image 640x480]


No problem, they won't be US citizens anymore, just deport them.
 
2013-10-09 02:01:18 PM
Just wait until the methane clathrate beds start to collapse.
 
2013-10-09 02:01:19 PM
Perhaps they'll find something scientifically interesting in the backscatter?

www.wallcg.com
 
2013-10-09 02:01:41 PM

libranoelrose: zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?

Seriously, WTF?


I would assume if it is melting then the subby figured it is not very "perma".
 
2013-10-09 02:02:22 PM
Anyone else like the mugshot roundup chick?
 
2013-10-09 02:02:54 PM
Thank you Tampa Bay reporter. Could we get someone a little closer.
 
2013-10-09 02:03:58 PM
If only we had elected Abbath back in 2008.

img.photobucket.com
 
2013-10-09 02:03:59 PM
This is why I don't really get to worked up over human-caused global climate change (which is totally real, and deniers are idiots). With the melting of the Alaskan and Siberian permafrost, there's so much methane going into the atmosphere that we could probably cease all industrial and auto emissions today and not slow down the process.

No, I'm afraid it's back to inland seas and insects the size of condors, folks. It was fun while it lasted, industrial humanity.
 
2013-10-09 02:06:00 PM
As if the auto play video wasn't bad enough, they ffilled it with enough santa clause puns to make we want to stab someone.
 
2013-10-09 02:07:00 PM
But the third cabin will stay up!
 
2013-10-09 02:07:45 PM

mbillips: This is why I don't really get to worked up over human-caused global climate change (which is totally real, and deniers are idiots). With the melting of the Alaskan and Siberian permafrost, there's so much methane going into the atmosphere that we could probably cease all industrial and auto emissions today and not slow down the process.

No, I'm afraid it's back to inland seas and insects the size of condors, folks. It was fun while it lasted, industrial humanity.


And the deniers will go on denying, right up to the point where they get eaten by a twenty foot salamander.
 
2013-10-09 02:08:53 PM

MonoChango: libranoelrose: zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?

Seriously, WTF?

I would assume if it is melting then the subby figured it is not very "perma".


That's what has me confused.  There is deep permafrost that never thaws, and surface "perma"frost that annually thaws and refreezes, causing frost-jacking and potholes and stuff.  TFA says that the permafrost is going away, and points to frost-jacking and pot holes as evidence.  Give me more from the UAF prof.  Is he saying that the deep permafrost is disappearing?  Is he saying that the surface permafrost is thawing at a more rapid rate than in previous years?

/from Fairbanks
 
2013-10-09 02:10:13 PM

Infernalist: And the deniers will go on denying, right up to the point where they get eaten by a twenty foot salamander.


Well that's what happens when you break Warp Ten.
 
2013-10-09 02:11:38 PM
Good. The most rabid climate change-denying, Ayn Randian-libertarians I ever encountered on Facebook are from there. It'd be good for their bootstrappy families to sink into the Bering Sea, a good object lesson in SCIENCE.
 
2013-10-09 02:11:43 PM
I wouldn't want to be the person keeping the trans Alaskan pipeline intact (if that's the case).
 
2013-10-09 02:12:34 PM

gweilo8888: zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?

Because by definition, something that is permanent cannot disappear.


It's really more of a "temporarifrost".
 
2013-10-09 02:13:58 PM

SwiftFox: But the third cabin will stay up!


That will burn down, fall over, then sink into the swamp. But the fourth one will stay up and it will be the strongest cabin in the peninsula.
 
2013-10-09 02:14:11 PM
Strap some empty barrels and sacks of ping pong balls to the coast, she'll float back up just fine.
 
2013-10-09 02:14:32 PM

zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?


well maybe because it's turning out not to be so permanent?     which is the point of the whole story.
 
2013-10-09 02:16:04 PM
nicolasrage.com
 
2013-10-09 02:16:42 PM
FTFA:  She knows the Grinch involved.

Grinch involved WHAT!??!
 
2013-10-09 02:16:51 PM

somedude210: If Alaska sinks, and Alaska is a big freaking state (those maps you have lie to you in terms of relative size). If Alaska sinks below the sea....would Florida (the direct opposite of the continent) suddenly become the tallest point in the world? Think about it. Say you have a piece of wood and you sink one side, the other side goes up! That's what'll happen to Florida, and the rest of us would all be skewed 30 degrees that way. If this happens, then someone's gonna erect a Florida up the flagpole. Are you gonna salute it?


Although you are kidding about this I have had one of these "climate change deniers" actually tell me " So what if the ocean levels will rise in Florida, that just means it will lower in some other part of the country"
 
2013-10-09 02:17:23 PM
When I gave my dog a bath, his fleas died.  Therefore, baths kill my dog.
 
2013-10-09 02:18:31 PM
Alaska is sinking?

Are we sure it's not just because Slim n Sexy here is standing on it?

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-09 02:18:45 PM
Permafrost?! But that's nature's long johns!

// and if rubbing it on your crotch is wrong, man, I don't wanna be right
 
2013-10-09 02:18:50 PM
I think that's why Russia unloaded Alaska on us. There're laughing all the way to the bank.
 
2013-10-09 02:19:49 PM
Now the bridge to nowhere makes sense! He was a visionary, I tell you!
 
2013-10-09 02:20:30 PM

Ambivalence: I wouldn't want to be the person keeping the trans Alaskan pipeline intact (if that's the case).


My father retired a few years back after a full career of doing exactly that (head swineherd).  The pipeline is run by people who think that Dilbert comics are a guide to successful management.  It will collapse due to executive (and especially middle-management) incompetence long before the permafrost gets it.

(BTW, those big fan-looking-thingies on top of the pipeline's vertical support members are cooling units that keep the permafrost frosty)
 
2013-10-09 02:21:50 PM

somedude210: If Alaska sinks, and Alaska is a big freaking state (those maps you have lie to you in terms of relative size). If Alaska sinks below the sea....would Florida (the direct opposite of the continent) suddenly become the tallest point in the world? Think about it. Say you have a piece of wood and you sink one side, the other side goes up! That's what'll happen to Florida, and the rest of us would all be skewed 30 degrees that way. If this happens, then someone's gonna erect a Florida up the flagpole. Are you gonna salute it?


I smell a nation-wide profit boom coming for the pool table-leveling industry.
 
2013-10-09 02:23:31 PM

Ambitwistor: gweilo8888: zackthebass: Why is "permafrost" in quotes? Does subby not believe in this geological feature?

Because by definition, something that is permanent cannot disappear.

It's really more of a "temporarifrost".


What tempurafrost may look like:
insidescoopsf.sfgate.com
 
2013-10-09 02:26:25 PM

Walker: If Sarah Palin and her family sink with it.....I'm OK with this.


Leaving satisfied.
 
2013-10-09 02:27:30 PM
Permafrost. What republican women have in their grannypanties?
 
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