Antarctic ice growing, not melting

Antarctic ice growing, not melting

18 Apr 09 – “Ice is expanding in much of Antarctica, contrary to the widespread public belief that global warming is melting the continental ice cap,” says this article in The Australian.

“The results of ice-core drilling and sea ice monitoring indicate there is no large-scale melting of ice over most of Antarctica, although experts are concerned at ice losses on the continent’s western coast.

“East Antarctica is four times the size of west Antarctica and parts of it are cooling. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research report prepared for last week’s meeting of Antarctic Treaty nations in Washington noted the South Pole had shown “significant cooling in recent decades”.

“Australian Antarctic Division glaciology program head Ian Allison said sea ice losses in west Antarctica over the past 30 years had been more than offset by increases in the Ross Sea region, just one sector of east Antarctica.

“Dr Allison said there was not any evidence of significant change in the mass of ice shelves in east Antarctica nor any indication that its ice cap was melting. “The only significant calvings in Antarctica have been in the west,” he said. And he cautioned that calvings of the magnitude seen recently in west Antarctica might not be unusual…………..”

“Antarctica has 90 per cent of the Earth’s ice and 80 per cent of its fresh water.”

If Antarctica contains 90 percent of the earth’s ice – and the amount

is increasing – wouldn’t that mean that more than 90 percent of the

world’s glaciers are growing? (As I’ve been saying all along.)

See entire article by Greg Roberts

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25348657-401,00.html

Thanks to snowyman in Australia for this link

via Antarctic ice growing, not melting.