Antarctic ice growing as a recent study of satellite imaging data by the British Antarctic Survey has shown the Antarctic Sea Ice has actually been growing by approximately 100,000 sq km (39,000 sq miles) per decade for the last 30 years. Also reported in The Australian, 18 and 29 April 2009 and FOXNews 18 April 2009. Melting and cracking sea ice has been used as evidence the world is about to experience catastrophic sea level rises. The increase is not even, with ice breaking up on the Western side, but expanding on the Eastern side. The growth on the eastern side far exceeds the loss caused by icebergs calving off from the west, and according to Ian Allison, head of the Australian Antarctic Division’s glaciology program, the icebergs are just part of a natural cycle. Allison commented: “Ice shelves in general have episodic carvings and there can be large icebergs breaking off – I’m talking 100km or 200km long – every 10 or 20 or 50 years.” Allison also said there was no indication the Antarctic ice cap was melting. Furthermore, studies of ice cores from near Davis Station in East Antarctica taken by the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-Operative Research Centre reveal the ice is also thicker. Last year, the ice had a maximum thickness of 1.89m, its densest in 10 years. The average thickness of the ice at Davis since the 1950s is 1.67m. These changes show there is an overall increase in the amount of ice around Antarctica – the opposite of the popular belief that Antarctica is shedding its ice at a rapid rate.
Editorial Comment: Notice that this ice growth has been going on the whole time we have been told that the world’s sea ice is relentlessly melting away because of global warming. Given that 90% of the world’s ice is in the Antarctic and not the Arctic this is even more important. And all this on top of the May report from the British Antarctic Survey that temp trend in the Antarctic has been a “Cooling of .45 degrees per decade” (Prof Turner head of British Antarctic Survey p 7 Weekend Australian May 2/3 2009).
Ian Allison’s comments also remind us there are lots of natural patterns and cycles in the environment. This is exactly what you would expect following the promise given to Noah by God after the flood, that from Noah’s day until the end of the world there will be regular seasonal changes and periods of heat and cold. (Genesis 8:22) (Ref. climate, propaganda, politics)
Evidence News, 6 May 2009