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The uniqueness of seasonal or absent Arctic sea ice
« on: January 30, 2014, 06:24:10 AM »
http://www.livescience.com/42870-arctic-ocean-summer-ice-earlier.html

If the sea ice has been perennial for over 30 million years - perhaps that should serve to highlight how fundamental (and far reaching) the changes we should expect to see as it becomes seasonal again in the near future could be.

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Re: The uniqueness of seasonal or absent Arctic sea ice
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 05:16:51 PM »
Yes, one does not just create a new ocean in a closed system without some ripples elsewhere. It's amazing that so few comprehend that.

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Re: The uniqueness of seasonal or absent Arctic sea ice
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2014, 06:01:51 PM »
Since perennial Arctic Sea Ice predates the Antarctic ice sheet by a couple of million years, is the disappearance of this Arctic Sea ice an omen for the  ultimate demise of  the  Antarctic ice sheets? While it might takes tens of thousands of years, is the ice sheet doomed?

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Re: The uniqueness of seasonal or absent Arctic sea ice
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014, 06:57:21 PM »
SH, evening....

Rhetorical question.... is the Antarctic icesheet doomed. Of course it is. I posted two days ago on the Holmgren-Hopkins thread about my reading in on the Eocene period. The culprit is that CO2-rubberband/buffering natural changes of say 2000 ppm CO2 took like 600K years. Imagine a graph on that, you'd see maximum content growth of about 1-5 ppm in a couple of hundred years.
We're doin' that on average in two years!
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