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Antarctic ice cap now at record size


Sattelite images showing the Antarctic ice cap now at record levels. Photo: NASA

Satellite images showing the Antarctic ice cap now at record levels. Photo: NASA

[by Dean Smith] NASA has tracked the ice coverage in the Antarctic since 1979. NASA started tracking the ice bed because it wanted to record the reduced size of the ice cap due to global warming.

But despite the continued rhetoric of man-made global warming, there has been a stunning transformation taking place — the Antarctic’s ice bed is growing in size. After years of reduction, the ice cap grew back so quickly, it is now larger than it was in 1979 when NASA started keeping records.

It now covers 20 million kilometers (7.8 million square miles) of the Antarctic sea. The record was set on September 19, 2014, during the Antarctic spring.

NASA officials spent much of their time trying to explain why in a period of global warming the Antarctic sea ice cap is increasing. They used every excuse except the obvious: the earth isn’t warming any more.

In the video below, NASA’s Walt Meier described the shrinking ice caps in both the Arctic and Antarctic as the “canary in the coal mine” on the effects of man-made Global warming. He did admit that the Antarctic Ice Cap’s refusal to follow the man-made global warming script is a bit of a mystery. In the video, Meier also insists that the Antarctic ice cap freeze is being more than offset by the melt of the Arctic ice cap.

Is the Arctic ice cap actually shrinking in size ?

Meier’s insistence that the increase in the Antarctic ice is being offset by the loss of ice in the Arctic may be valid if that was actually happening. Since 2012, the ice in the Arctic ice cap has also been increasing in size.

Using satellites, the University of Illinois Cryosphere project has tracked the size of the Arctic ice cap for decades. It provides a neat tool where you can compare the Arctic ice cap size on two dates. Below is a snap shot of the size of the ice cap on October 8, 2012 and October 8, 2014.

The Arctic ice cap today is not only larger than two years ago, but just as importantly, it is much thicker as indicated by the density and size of the dark purple areas.  You can do your own comparison of two dates by clicking here.

Arctic ice cap comparisons: October 8, 2012 compared with October 8, 2014: University of Illinois

Arctic ice cap comparisons: October 8, 2012 compared with October 8, 2014: University of Illinois

Despite record amounts of C02 being poured into the atmosphere each year, the ice caps are coming back. I think everyone needs to take off their man-made global warming glasses and take a second look at the data.

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