Volcanoes Melting West Antarctic Glaciers, Not Global Warming

Not only are volcanoes melting the ice in Antarctica, previous studies show that underwater volcanoes (not humans) are melting ice in the Arctic.

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“Three new research studies confirm that geothermal heat flow, not man-made global warming, is the dominant cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) melting,” writes geologist James Edward Kamis.

Outlined in red is West Antarctica’s subglacial Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume “hotspot”. Red shading shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) thinning from 1992 to 2017 (credit research study to NASA, mantle plume outline by J. Kamis).

(1) One study, entitled “Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier“, proves that the Pine Island Glacier of West Antarctica is melting and retreating from geothermal heat from a currently active subglacial volcano, not man-made global warming. See National Science Foundation’s press release here.

“Our finding of a substantial heat source beneath a major WAIS glacier highlights the need to understand subglacial volcanism, its interaction with the marine margins and its potential role in the future stability of the WAIS,” the researchers write in the Nature Communications article.

They also note that volcanic activity could be increasing the rate of collapse of the Thwaites Glacier, which is adjacent to the Pine Island Glacier.

(2) A different study entitled “Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at a surprisingly rapid rate” shows that the Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume “hotspot” region is rising rapidly and forming an extensive high elevation dome.

Kamis contends that the high elevation rise rate of this plume region is the result of geothermal bottom melting of the ice column and upward bulging of the bedrock, not post-glacial rebound.

Additional information concerning the geologically active Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume “hotspot” and the giant deep-earth fault that fuels this plume and more than a 100 subglacial volcanoes can be found at these previous Climate Change Dispatch articles (see herehereherehere, and here).

(3) Yet a third study, entitled New study suggests surprising wrinkle in the history of West Antarctic Ice Sheet”, proves that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet(WAIS) significantly melted and retreated 10,000 years ago, then quickly recovered to its full extent.

This is an event that obviously pre-dates human involvement. Additionally, neither this study or other previous studies have found evidence that the giant East Antarctic Ice Sheet (EAIS) retreated during the same ancient time frame.

This strongly indicates that ancient ice melting of the WAIS is almost certainly related to underlying bedrock geothermal heat flow from geographically specific geological features and not worldwide atmospheric global warming.

It’s difficult, if not impossible, for atmospheric warming to significantly melt the WAIS while not melting the adjacent EAIS.

“By combining the data and conclusions of three brand new research studies with very telling older research studies and previous CCD articles, it becomes very clear that melting of West Antarctica’s Ice Sheet is the result of bedrock geothermal heat flow, not atmospheric global warming,” Kamis concludes.

“Climate scientists strongly advocating the theory of the global warming to explain the WAIS melting should broaden their research and analyzation process to include the impact of geological forces, like subglacial volcanoes.”

“It’s time for all of us to help these well-intentioned scientists achieve this goal.”

See entire article:
http://www.plateclimatology.com/three-new-studies-confirm-volcanism-is-melting-west-antarctic-glaciers-not-global-warming

See National Science Foundation’s press release, entitled “Previously unsuspected volcanic activity confirmed under West Antarctic Ice Sheet at Pine Island Glacier”
https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=295861&org=NSF&from=news

Also see “Underwater volcanoes melting Arctic Ice, says geologist.”
https://www.iceagenow.info/underwater-volcanoes-melting-arctic-ice-says-geologist/

Thanks to Benjamin Napier for these links


13 thoughts on “Volcanoes Melting West Antarctic Glaciers, Not Global Warming”

    • Dear Sir,
      I’m a geologist and geophysicist who studied volcanoes and glaciation in school and even if I’m not a leading geologist employed by the IPCC, in my opionion I can say quantitatively that the total mass flow of all the underwater volcanoes is likely more than 666 m3/s and the average initial temperature of the lava varies between 666 deg C and 1266 deg C.

      So by using the equation below the total heat released by underwater volcanoes is likely greater than 666 Joules. This number could safely be used in any IPCC climate models as required. Now if CO2 is also released, that needs to be factored into the effects of climate change as this raises ocean water CO2 concentrations, some of which is later released into the atmosphere that contains 1:2500th parts CO2 gas which is a greenhouse gas that – “consensus” says – contributes the most to global warming and should be eliminated completely including the capping of all volcanoes as soon as they are discovered.

      All meat, especially beef consumption, and the burning of hydrocarbons should also be eliminated to stop global warming. Like you, Mr. Lyn, I’d also like to read the opinions of other leading geologists on this matter.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat

      SI Unit of Heat
      C=Q/m*Δ T

      Where,
      M = mass of the body,
      C = specific heat,
      Δ T = temperature difference

      Mr Lyn, please pass these accurate and well researched numbers and heat equations on to Michael Mann and the IPCC to help them save all of us and the planet. Time is running out to the end of the world so godspeed. Cheerio and glad to be of service.

      Sincerely,
      Winston Smith, [Mr] Alberta, Canada

  1. If one clicks on the sentence :-
    (1) One study, entitled “Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier“,, one finds how complex this issue is.
    The layman is not going to follow this report in “Nature”. If geological experts are unsure what is happening….how is it that all sorts of “experts” who have never studied physics or geology know so much about SUPPOSED anthropogenic global warming?
    When it comes to fossil fuel generated electricity in the UK , these
    non-scientific, non-technical people , think that WIND TURBINES THAT CANNOT EVEN TURN ON CALM DAYS …….[COMMON SENSE!!] …….are GOING TO SOMEHOW REPLACE FOSSIL FUEL POWER STATIONS………POWER THE HOMES,OFFICES AND FACTORIES OF 65 MILLION FOLK IN THE UK……..AND CHARGE THE BATTERIES OF THEIR 30 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS !
    Compare the SIMPLISTIC nature of those hare-brained beliefs with the highly complex scientific study of what is happening under part of the Antarctic Ice Sheet !!

  2. DON’T EXPECT AL GORE OR CNN TO SHARE THIS. AT GLACIER NATIONAL PARK IN MONTANA THEY ARE TAKING DOWN SIGNS AT THE PARK THAT PREDICTED ALL THE GLACIERS WOULD BE GONE BY 2020..i PROPOSE WE LEAVE THE SIGNS UP AND JUST ADD A YEAR..IF AT THE END OF THE YEAR THEY STILL HAVE GLACIERS, DRAW A LINE/MARK THRU IT AND ADD ANOTHER YEAR..WILL GIVE THE WORLD MORE INFO ON WHETHER THESE PREDICTION ARE TRUE OR JUST REVENUE SOURCES.

  3. That doesn’t surprise me. Antarctica is volcanically and seismically active. But of course the climate change group will just deny it. Oh, we’re having climate change, all right. It’s just not the climate change they think it is.

  4. Heck I knew that all along since I’ve read Not by Fire not by Ice!!
    Most of the ice is growing, although certain areas are always affected by these underwater volcanoes in both poles.

  5. Just as we know that a e.g. FREEZING EARTH connects in great part to a decrease in Solar Irradiation at the Surface of Earth, so too.. Earth’s interiorial Molten metal mass – has a way of actiing up (connected?) which also impacts upon Earth’s Temps come from Under the surface – and which in turn connects w/some Volcanism.. and Atmospheric blockage of Solar Irradiation..

    I say some Volcanism .. for some might occur via extra-ordinary impacts of Asteroids or Comets – such as Chicxulub – which is likewise associated in time w/the Huge Deccan Flats Volcanism Episodes – occuring at an antipodal area on the Earth of 65 Million years – Either of Which would have been very devasting to Life Forms – such as Dinosaurs and more..

  6. Thank God for Robert and his website. It is a beacon of truth into the darkness of hysteria and stupidity. True science research like this is never actively reported as it doesn’t fit the globalists’ agenda.
    I have long suspected a link between magnetism, sunspot cycles and earth’s vulcanism ( and resulting climate change ). The first casualty of war is truth. And as such, important and reliable scientific investigation into any possible correlation will be suppressed.

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