posted on May, 19 2005 @ 11:47 PM
Maybe Global warming is overrated.......
East Antarctica puts on weight!Increased snowfall could slow sea-level rise
Increased snowfall over a large area of Antarctica is thickening the ice sheet and slowing the rise in sea level caused by melting ice.
A satellite survey shows that between 1992 and 2003, the East Antarctic ice sheet gained about 45 billion tonnes of ice - enough to reduce the
oceans' rise by 0.12 millimetres per year. The ice sheets that cover Antarctica's bedrock are several kilometres thick in places, and contain about
90% of the world's ice. But scientists fear that if they melt in substantial quantities, this will swell the oceans and cause devastation on islands
and coastal lands.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has reported that sea level is currently rising at about 1.8 millimetres per year, largely
through melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets as a result of global warming. But the panel also expected that climate change would trigger
an increase in snowfall over the Antarctic continent, as increased evaporation from the oceans puts more moisture into the air.
[edit on 19-5-2005 by edsinger]