Antarctica is almost entirely covered by ice sheets up to two miles (3 km) thick, which contain roughly 70% of the world’s freshwater. The great ice sheets spill out to sea as floating ice-shelves and ice-tongues, which routinely calve massive icebergs into the waters around Antarctica. The Ross Sea ice shelf is one the largest ice shelves in the world. It is the size of France, and though the 200-foot-tall cliffs of ice extend 500 miles, that is just, as they say, the tip of the iceberg. Most of the ice lies hidden below the cold, dark salt water.

The Ross Ice Shelf is freezing not melting scientists say they are surprised to find this. (Feb 23rd 2018). The report states that “In November, scientists from New Zealand used a hot water drill to go deep into Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf. The shelf, which can be up to 10,000 feet thick, is the largest of several that hold back West Antarctica’s massive amounts of ice. If these were to collapse, global sea level would rise by ten feet. Drilling a hole and lowering a camera and thermometer inside is a way for researchers to understand the history of the shelf, and what is happening to it now. In measuring the temperature and currents below the shelf, they expected to find that the ice was melting.

Instead, the water appeared to be crystalizing and freezing. In the video from National Geographic below, you can see the white dots of ice crystals as the camera is lowered towards the dark sea below. If the shelf was melting, the hole at that level would have smooth sides. “It blew our minds,” Christina Hulbe, the glaciologist from the University of Otago in New Zealand, who co-led the project, told National Geographic.

Scientists have left instruments deep in the hole to measure currents and temperatures below the shelf for the next few years. Though the freezing seems to be a promising sign for the shelf’s stability, it doesn’t tell the whole picture. Scientists also hope to learn whether the ice shelf has melted in the past due to other climate shifts.

However, the NZ Scientists state that NASA confirmed we are losing ice much faster , and of course more research has to be done on the Ross Ice Shelf  (Of course-for the sake of climate alarmism-bullshite)

One of the leading authorities on the physics of the northern seas predicted an ‘ice-free’ Artic Ocean by the year 2020 (Source UN). Alaska News 3/11/2014 updated 29/9/2016. UN releases Climate Report ‘Ice Free’ does not really mean ‘Free of Ice’

Closer to home, David Seymour- ACT Party authored a book in 2017 stating that however much NZ cuts back on emissions they will make no difference to climate change but they will be good global citizens.

Source of Info National Geographic




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