90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing

90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing

NASA admits Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing – Confirms what I’ve been saying all along.


A new NASA study, released on Friday, admits that ice is accumulating in Antarctica.

Satellite measurements show an 82-112 gigaton-a-year net ice gain. That’s 82-112 billion tons per year! Nine zeroes!  

112,000,000,000 tons. Per year.

It’s hard to comprehend how much ice that really is, so let’s put it in perspective.

Let’s assume that they’re talking short tons (2,000 lbs). That’s about the weight of an old VW Beetle.

Those old Beetles measured 14 feet long.  Multiply 112 billion by 14 feet and you get 1,560 billion feet. Divide that by the distance from the earth to the moon (239,000 miles),  and you’d have a string of VW Beetles stretching all the way to the moon.

Not once, not twice, but 45 times.  All the way to the moon.

That’s a helluva lot of new ice. Every single year. And we’re worried about global warming?

Not only is the Antarctic Ice Sheet growing, NASA admits that the growth is actually reducing sea-level rise. This also confirms what I’ve been saying all along.

Antarctica contains 90 percent of the earth’s ice. If the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, wouldn’t that mean that more than 90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing?


Here are excerpts, taken from NASA’s own website:

“NASA – Antarctic Ice Sheet is Growing” 

A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.

The research challenges the conclusions of other studies, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 2013 report, which says that Antarctica is overall losing land ice.

According to the new analysis of satellite data, the Antarctic ice sheet showed a net gain of 112 billion tons of ice a year from 1992 to 2001. That net gain slowed to 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.

“We’re essentially in agreement with other studies that show an increase in ice discharge in the Antarctic Peninsula and the Thwaites and Pine Island region of West Antarctica,” said Jay Zwally, a glaciologist with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and lead author of the study, which was published on Oct. 30 in the Journal of Glaciology. “Our main disagreement is for East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica – there, we see an ice gain that exceeds the losses in the other areas.”  Zwally added that his team “measured small height changes over large areas, as well as the large changes observed over smaller areas.”

Scientists calculate how much the ice sheet is growing or shrinking from the changes in surface height that are measured by the satellite altimeters. In locations where the amount of new snowfall accumulating on an ice sheet is not equal to the ice flow downward and outward to the ocean, the surface height changes and the ice-sheet mass grows or shrinks.

The study analyzed changes in the surface height of the Antarctic ice sheet measured by radar altimeters on two European Space Agency European Remote Sensing (ERS) satellites, spanning from 1992 to 2001, and by the laser altimeter on NASA’s Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) from 2003 to 2008.

They also used information on snow accumulation for tens of thousands of years, derived by other scientists from ice cores, to conclude that East Antarctica has been thickening for a very long time.

The extra snowfall that began 10,000 years ago has been slowly accumulating on the ice sheet and compacting into solid ice over millennia, thickening the ice in East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica by an average of 0.7 inches (1.7 centimeters) per year.

“The good news is that Antarctica is not currently contributing to sea level rise, but is taking 0.23 millimeters per year away,” Zwally said.

See entire NASA article:

Abstract of the paper from the Journal of Glaciology:

Thanks to Dean Koehler, Michael Gershman, JBird, Kingbum, Bobby Rutherford, Argiris Diamantis  and Zandhaas in the Netherlands for these links

“That is what is SUPPOSED to happen when there is global warming,” says @Smaulgld. “Glaciers get bigger unless they melt -that’s global warming too.”

And here are a few if my previous articles on this subject:


https://iceagenow.info/2014/10/misleading-reports-antarctic-melting/ (Includes map of Antarctica)




26 thoughts on “90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing

  1. This NASA press release is closing the mouths of some climate alarmists. I say only “some” because the other ones carry on as usual, trying to minimize the impact because it is only “regional.” LOL!

  2. This changes things, will be interesting to read what mainstream media will write about this.

    Science settled ?? Great stuff

  3. really interesting findings, why don’t we hear that a worldwide forum, consisting of credentialed scientists and climate experts on both sides of the debate is being held? Why can’t a television network step up and provide the prime time to have this debate? Then the public can have more information to have an informed opinion on whether or not there is “global warming” or “climate change” and if there is, is it naturally occurring or man made?

  4. Taking the volume expansion factor as 1.1 (10%) and the area of Antarctica as 14 million square kilometers, that would give 7.6 millimeters per year added on average, about 3/4 of a meter per century (30 inches).

    Ice is being lost in western Antarctica because of geothermal heating. Moreover, the interior of Antarctica is extreme desert where little snow falls. It follows that most coastal regions must be accumulating ice at some multiple of 750 mm per century (30 inches).

    This would suggest a high rate of production of icebergs (from calving) and increased sea ice in the southern Ocean, both of which are confirmed by observations.

  5. Quote:

    A new NASA study says that an increase in Antarctic snow accumulation that began 10,000 years ago is currently adding enough ice to the continent to outweigh the increased losses from its thinning glaciers.


    This point of 10,000 years ago implies climate switch over from
    the excess warm period of the first two Holcene Warm periods separated by the Atlantic Gulf Stream shut downs called the Younger Dryas.

    Since that time a head line cooling trend has been taking place for every Warm Period since with Ice Cap quantities rising with every solar cool period.
    Sea levels will continue to drop, rise less, and drop again, untill a switch over to a full glaciation occurs again. Its a cycle, burning Hydro carbons or Coal has nothing to do with it. Moderating the third world’s pension pots of excess children will make the resources last longer.

  6. If glaciers are heavy by their very nature, which lower continents under their weight, wouldn’t the temporary effect be a perceived rise in ocean level? How do we measure ocean levels, and are we putting the weight of glaciers into consideration?

  7. err…the zwally article ended with the usual…BUT climate warming will possibly etc etc
    see WUWT for the bit thats missed here
    in other words he still wants his job and funding to continue.

  8. Glaciologists say that it is extremely difficult assessing ice mass from a satellite so I’d be cautious about these numbers.
    Confusing matters is the isostatic compression of Antarctica. Over the centuries an ice build-up would cause slight sinking of the continent so we need some ground measuring stations to cross match with satellite lazer readings.
    That half buried crane photo on this site springs to mind.

  9. If anyone tries to tell you that the ice is melting, then tell them to go to this site to get an education!
    After college, most of these kids have an IQ of 60 but after they read this site, their IQ level will jump to 160! For the first time ever, they will get a “real’ education in their life after being brainwashed by liberal Democrats for 4 or more years. They will be so utterly shocked by the truth that they’ll be red in the face, drop their jaw, have bad breath and end up in total disbelief and despair – finally getting an inkling on how they have been lied to all their life.
    Thought they knew everything huh?
    Anger will set in shortly thereafter – knowing they lost so many years wasting their time and money in worthless classrooms listening to lies, pseudo science and worthless rhetoric as they finally begin to realize they will end up extinct very soon in the upcoming ice age. Time to throw those college books in the fireplace!
    Don’t waste your time people – come here for an education!

    • In addition to Antarctica’s ice growth at 112 billion tons per year, Greenland is gaining 200 billion tons of ice per year. So that means that both polar regions are gaining over 300 billion tons of ice per year. No wonder sea levels are falling!

  10. “GlowBull” warming. Unfortunately, too many have emptied the kool-aid glass and the blind faith AGW belief system will be difficult to displace. But not impossible. I take every opportunity to inform people about the data and the truth because eventually the truth comes out. It always does. Thank you for the link to the NASA study!

  11. This begs a question or two. With Greenland not losing ice, and most of the remaining glaciers advancing as well, and we do know that there is a slow rise in sea level, WHERE is that thermal expansion coming from if the Sun is in quiet mode, thus not heating the surface of the oceans and conducting heat down into the depths? Are there that many underwater volcanoes in eruptive activity? Either the ocean is being heated from underneath or the Earth is creating water, like it appears to be doing with crude oil. Interesting times, and interesting things happening.

    • I was wondering about this also. A couple of years ago there were stories about a large lake of liquid (ice free) water found under Greenland. Is it possible that volcanos are melting ice under the Greenland ice sheet, and contributing to the rise in ocean levels? (I believe I read recently that there is a .23 mm rise unaccounted for.)

  12. It’s not included here but in the piece on WUWT there was a bizarre claim that although the extra snow started 10000 years ago it wasn’t snowing now. Obvious question follows – so where is the ice growth coming from then? Surely the old snow isn’t mysteriously expanding as it turns to ice? In my experience, snow subjected to freezing tends to shrink.

  13. But but but – it’s just those pesky satellites again.

    Everyone knows they’re not accurate –

    except for the time when satellites showed global warming whilst the land based data was unequivocal hence the satellites were the best evidence – it was only later the satellites obviously started getting it wrong by showing no global warming – how very inconvenient.

    Everyone knows the truth lies in the proven honesty of the major climate cabal who manage the land based datasets – who would you believe –

    Thoroughly discredited alarmists exposed by their own admissions in Climate gate 2009 ?

    or those pesky satellites ??

  14. Antarctica looks mighty heavy. Wonky says there’s about 26.5 million cubic kms of ice. If we take the annual increase as being 100 billion tonnes that is about 100 ice cubes that are 1km by 1km by 1km high. (Ice is actually 0.92g/cm3 so the ice cube would be slightly bigger than a km.)
    The increase in ice of 100 cubic kms is small in relation to the 26,000,000 cubic kms of ice already there but I agree it could be a significant trend because to turn water to ice involves a huge removal of heat from that water.
    If a metre depth of rainfall is equal in mass to 8m of fresh snowfall we are dealing with a monsterous volume of snow and mostly around the edges of Antarctica as the interior is far too cold for snow making. (One wonders how ice got to the South Pole in the first place.)

    • A good argument for the warmists you have here J Pak. You pointed out that heat has to be removed from water to turn it into ice. Hence Global Warming! The waste heat from freezing water in Antarctica is contributing to increases in mean global temperature. And as everybody knows ice is also caused by CO2 (or will be if it is found necessary to keep the scam going). You will probably get the Nobel Prize for AGW.

  15. The removal of water from the planet’s surface by Antarctica is perhaps better expressed as 100 cubic kilometers per year or forty million olympic sized swimming pools! Even at that rate it would take 13.5 million years until the last fish was flapping on the ocean bed. It is about 1/100 of an inch per year.

  16. “Antarctica contains 90 percent of the earth’s ice. If the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing, wouldn’t that mean that more than 90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing?”

    Is Antarctica considered one big glacier?

    How about the other 10% Does anyone have a list of those glaciers and their status if the ice is growing, declining, or at a standstill?

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