Is Global Warming To Blame?

31 Jan

Pine Island Glacier

In mid-October 2011, NASA scientists working in Antarctica discovered a massive crack across the Pine Island Glacier, a major ice stream that drains the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Extending for 19 miles (30 kilometers), the crack was 260 feet (80 meters) wide and 195 feet (60 meters) deep. Eventually, the crack will extend all the way across the glacier, and calve a giant iceberg that will cover about 350 square miles (900 square kilometers). This image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NAS’s Terra spacecraft was acquired Nov. 13, 2011, and covers an area of 27 by 32 miles (44 by 52 kilometers), and is located near 74.9 degrees south latitude, 101.1 degrees west longitude.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team


Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Earth Changes, Global Warming, NASA, Photo, Science


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5 responses to “Is Global Warming To Blame?

  1. nostalgicwhimsy

    January 31, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Firstly many thanks re your comments re ‘Brains for Sale’
    I’m pretty convinced that global warming is a cyclical thing as rock strata shows it seems to happen every 1000 years, but man made emissions certainly don’t help. I can’t help noticing also that global warning is a multi billion dollar industry and some people are becoming very wealthy on the back of it (Al Gore for instance) which also makes alarm bells ring. Whatever the reason we need blogs like yours to bring awareness, keep it up.
    Incidentally I have two books published, which might bring a chuckle and will post them on my blog ….when I find out how to. (Very new at this blogging game)

    • Craig & Joe

      February 1, 2012 at 4:49 pm

      I agree that Global Warming or Climate Change is a natural occurrence. One that I think is good for the planet and its inhabitants. Yes, I know if thing go critical many people may suffer and/or die, but such catastrophes will make us grow stronger as a species, especially if we are forced to lean upon one another. In such times it doesn’t matter is you are Russian, or black or white or female or gay or yellow or whatever. At such times we know the other person is human too. I know of one example of reoccurring change and that is every twenty thousand years (+/-) the earth wobbles on its axis. When this happens the Sahara Desert becomes a tropical or sub-tropical paradise. When I learned this I was sooo excited that perhaps it would happen in my lifetime, but the fossil records indicate that we have another fifteen thousand years before we witness another wobble. . .

  2. charlesmichelduke

    February 1, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Probably. But it is now too late to stop global warming. We just have to deal with the consequences. Oh, the joys of living in a low lying city…

    • Craig & Joe

      February 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Buy a blow up raft so when things flood you can make a mint rowing people to safety! Maybe you can sell them drinks too. . . hmmm 🙂

  3. in every atom

    February 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    The lack of following true scientific principles in the study of global warming has completely removed my faith in any of their claims as science is not about fixing data to fit one’s preconceived hypothesis, but rather science is about fixing your hypothesis to fit the data and research. There are also scientists who deny global warming, and there are scientists who believe the earth is getting colder, and there are scientists who say that the earth has been saved from an ice age by man-made emissions, there are scientists who say sea levels have actually gone down, not up. The whole study is not science yet, because science by definition, cannot have multiple opposing conclusions for the same phenomena.
    Also, whenever the drum beats of fear-mongering and cult-like proselytizing occurs, my disbelief antenna goes up. 🙂 I am such an optimist (to perhaps the annoyance to some), that like you, I can see good and positives things even in a “negative” warming scenario.


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