NASA shows mass ice gains in Antarctica – “A very large gain”

Antarctica is overall accumulating ice.

An increase in Antarctic snow accumulation is adding enough ice to outweigh the increased losses from the continent’s thinning glaciers, says this article on

“Extra snowfall that began 10,000 years ago has been slowly accumulating on the ice sheet and compacting into solid ice over millennia,” the article continues.

As the snowfall compresses, it is “thickening the ice in East Antarctica and the interior of West Antarctica by an average of 0.7 inches (1.7 cm) per year. This small thickening, sustained over thousands of years and spread over the vast expanse of these sectors of Antarctica, corresponds to a very large gain of ice – enough to outweigh the losses from fast-flowing glaciers in other parts of the continent and reduce global sea level rise.”

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Thanks to Don Brown for this link

13 thoughts on “NASA shows mass ice gains in Antarctica – “A very large gain””

  1. Greenland may well start to do the same as this Solar Minimum progresses, as will the major Alpine Glacier.
    Av temperatures will drop over the next 30 years by 1.5C and sea levels by over 1 M, as per every two cycle named solar minimum, right the way back to the AD 600 minimum.
    In addition, increased rain fall in normally arid areas caused by the meridional Jet streams diving deep into the 30 degree latitudes will restock previous dried out artesian areas, as per the flooding of central Australia four years ago, that rain event led to a 400mm drop in regional sea level.

    • The Australian newspaper had an article about the drop in local sea levels in 2012, but the maximum was minus five millimetres in the northern waters, which is still a big change from plus two or three mm annual rate.

  2. “An increase in … snow accumulation is adding enough ice to outweigh the increased losses from the continents thinning glaciers”… “Ice thickening by 0.7 inches/year”… “10 000 years”

    Are the glaciers thinning or thickening?

    • I believe they are referring to the basically static ice mass in the interior of the continent. The “coastal” glaciers are thinning in western Antarctica. So they are doing both, thickening and thinning.

      Just realize the total ice mass of the interior glaciers that are basically static, is what CAGW proponents do not talk about, which is why when they thicken, you aren’t told about it. They talk about the coastal glaciers that they can show the pretty pictures of them calving off into the ocean. These glaciers, in some cases are thinning.

      • When you remember that the Antarctic continent is twice as big as the continental United States, and that it contains 90 percent of the world’s ice, you can understand why I say more than 90 percent of the world’s glaciers are growing.

    • In South America, Asia, and in the Cascades at Atlitude these are “thickening” from increased snow fall. At low levels in areas subject to warm Meridonal jet streams such as those in southern Alaska are “thining” or retreating.
      Where ice caps are subject to geo thermal activity such as Western Antartica, and the north West coast of Greenland the ice is moving much quicker towards the sea, it will still take many hundreds, if not thousands of years for a given chunk of ice at the top of the Ice Cap to reach the carving areas and end up as an iceberg.

  3. well, we sure could use another decent flooding inland aus again..though some already in lake eyre is helping a little for moist air coming to sth east..
    just not making it to my place lately:-(
    we live in hope.

  4. Why are people surprised that glaciers “flow” to the sea ?

    Gravity demands it.

    Why are people surprised that glaciers “calve” ?

    The closer ice gets to the ocean the more likely it is to melt as the water is at a higher temperature and at a higher density than the ice.

    Alarmists have totally distorted normality to suit their evangelical crusade.

    Have they never heard the story of the boy who cried wolf ?

    If global alarm is thoroughly debunked science’s reputation will be compromised irrevocably.

  5. How much longer can deniars like us roam free on the internet? DOJ has been discussing prosecuting deniars.
    Good night sweet America. You had a good run.

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