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Arctic ice cap growing again

Thwaites Ice Shelf
CREDIT: NASA/Wikipedia/Public Domain

Remember how former US Vice President Al Gore famously predicted in 2009 that the Arctic ice caps would be completely ice-free in five to seven years because of Global Warming.

Well, FEE reports on the latest data that we have on the Arctic ice caps provided by NASA.

FEE writes:

In 2021, the Arctic sea ice extent was 4.72 million square kilometers, about 11 percent more than the 4.16 million kilometers in 2007, according to NASA’s estimates.

READ: Al Gore’s 2009 Warning on Vanishing Polar Ice and the Perils of Censoring ‘Misinformation’

We are still setting records when it comes to CO2 emissions, so these fluctuations in the size of the Arctic ice cap reveal that there are other forces at work.

Meanwhile, in the Antarctic

While the climate change fanatics have warned the Southern Antarctic ice cap is shrinking because of global warming, others are suggesting there might be a different cause.

I am just guessing here, but I wonder if the heat that can turn rock into molten lava can also melt ice?

READ: Hidden Volcanoes Melt Antarctic Glaciers from Below AND Scientists discover 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

Are there volcanoes under the Arctic?

Apparently, the answer is yes, and they are active, as Live Science explains in its 2008 article:

New evidence deep beneath the Arctic ice suggests a series of underwater volcanoes have erupted in violent explosions in the past decade.

Hidden 2.5 miles (4,000 meters) beneath the Arctic surface, the volcanoes are up to a mile (2,000 meters) in diameter and a few hundred yards tall. They formed along the Gakkel Ridge, a lengthy crack in the ocean crust where two rocky plates are spreading apart, pulling new melted rock to the surface.

READ: Volcanoes Erupt Beneath Arctic Ice

2017 study suggests volcanoes contributing to Arctic ice melt also reported on a study in 2017 suggesting volcanoes are melting Arctic ice caps. Of course, no one in the mainstream media is reporting on this.

Weather explains:

As warming temperatures continue to threaten Arctic sea ice, a recent study suggests that volcano eruptions are also playing a role in depleting the frozen sheets. 

A team of researchers from Columbia University has found that volcanic eruptions have likely been accelerating the rate at which Arctic ice sheets melt

READ (published in 2017): Volcanic Eruptions May Be Rapidly Melting Arctic Ice Sheets, Study Says


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  2. Xavier says

    If you click on the NASA link in the FEE quote you cited, you see a graph that contradicts what you and the Fee are saying about the Arctic ice cap. It also says on the same page that the ice cap has been melting by 13% per decade.


    • Yes, no one denies that there has been a warming period, but the issue is what is causing it. In the midst of rising CO2 emissions, the Arctic ice bed is regrowing which suggests there are other natural causes at work. The fact there are volcanos under the Arctic and Antarctic may have contributed to the ice decline. NASA reported that in 2015 the Antarctic ice cap was growing in size and had been for nearly four decades.

      Parts of the ice pack were growing and other parts were shrinking. The areas that were shrinking were in the volcanic areas. There are well over 100 volcanoes under the Antarctic ice pack. Not all are active obviously, but some are.


      • Xavier says

        The Arctic isn’t really regrowing though. You can’t look at a single cold year and assert this—what matters is the overall trend, which, again, is an average 13% decrease in surface per decade, according to the NASA link you’ve quoted in this blogpost.

        As I pointed out in my other comment, the article you cited in the blogpost talks about ancient volcanoes that melted the ice cap 15,000 years ago—which, to be fair, isn’t that long ago in a geologic time scale. But from what I understand, you seem to be referring to findings about recently active volcanoes in the area where the Antarctic ice cap is melting? I’d be interested to check that out, if you still have the reference.


      • The issue is that there are natural forces at work heating and cooling our planet besides CO2 and have been doing so for millennia. And this article states that volcanic activity is contributing to the melt-off in the Canadian arctic: Volcanic Eruptions May Be Rapidly Melting Arctic Ice Sheets, Study Says ( and is also contributing to melting in the antarctic. Volcano discovered under fastest-melting Antarctic glacier (

        Now I realize several are denying that this volcanic activity is having any effect on the melting. However, I hold the opinion that if volcanic heat can turn rock into lava, it can also warm water and melt the ice.


  3. Xavier says

    The article from Colombia University refers to the end of the last ice age, roughly 15,000 years ago, and not to the current global warming trend. It’s in the title: “during the last deglaciation”.


  4. Dave says

    Xavier keeps referring to the NASA link in the FEE quote, “…an average 13% decrease in surface [ice] per decade, according to the NASA link you’ve quoted in this blogpost.”

    Let’s extrapolate that out: The study started in 1979. That means almost 56% of the Arctic ice cap has melted since 1979!!!

    According to NASA, “If all glaciers and ice sheets melted, global sea level would rise by more than 195 feet (60 meters).”

    And according to the USGS, “…if all of them [glaciers and ice caps on Earth] were to melt, global sea level would rise approximately 70 meters (approximately 230 feet), flooding every coastal city on the planet.

    In either scenario, we would expect to see flooding of every coastal city on the planet of anywhere from a global sea rise of more than 97.5 feet to 115 feet – according to the FEE quote!!!

    Balderdash, fearmongering, Chicken Littles!


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