posted on Jul, 26 2003 @ 02:19 AM
Oh and actually I'm right about Antarctica...I'll be even more acredited when I manage to go there one of these years...
Antarctica gets probably 1 millimeter of "snow fall" a year...it's not even really snow fall.
The air over most of Antarctica, is too cold to support almost ANY moisture...and because of the obvious amounts of Ice, even if Antarctica became
frozen over night, there is not enough moisture in the air to form a 9000 foot thick sheet of Ice.
It has built up as core samples tell (no carbon dating as H2O has little carbon ... none to be precise but of course there is stray carbon here and
there), no rather the samples are banded, as ice forms, and from that you can tell how old the ice is, like the rings on a tree.
Antarctica for many 10s of thousands of years now, has almost never seen snowfall or rainfall...
It rather has only seen a constant steady fall of microscopic ice particles, which of course, accumulate into such a mass, over extremely long periods
Ice build up on the coasts is much quicker as the surrounding water is frozen, and as vast Ice "rivers" flow from the enterior, which while a large
area recieves almost negligable amounts of ice per year, the even larger, VAST, huge, Ice-basins, fuel the massive glaciers.
Need I go on? Again this is all off the top of my head, but Antarctica is a facinating subject and I wouldn't mind proving that I'm generally
correct...exact figures I tend to be slightly off...