posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 08:53 AM
Now, I know that Antarctica is a continent, but I believe that most of the ice is frozen on top of the water surrounding the continent and attached to
the coasts. Of course, I could be completely wrong with this, since Im just basing this off picture I've seen on various shows on Discovery, The
Science Channel, ect.
I understand your point about the ice stacked on top of a surface that has already impacted the water level, thereby being an independent body outside
of the water volume calculation. If this independent body is all of the sudden introduced into the water, of course, it will increase the overall
volume of water.
However, does anyone know how much of the Antarctica ice that is melting, and how much of that melted ice is attached to the coasts of Antarctica and
how much is on top of Antarctica? Is the volume of frozen water greater at the South Pole than at the North Pole? If both bodies completely melted
would they actually keep the level of water the same as it is now? No one ever goes over these question on End of the World shows, and I think these
are the types of questions people actually want answers to but have no idea of the Math behind them.