Friday, May 15, 2009

Effect of ice-cap melting may be "only" ten-foot sea level rise

Global sea levels will rise “only” ten feet rather than maybe 25 feet, if the West Antarctic shelf collapses. Part of the ice is still anchored to the actual continent, and the predicted sea level rise has been adjusted. And the rise could, “fortunately”, take several centuries.

That’s the AP story Randolph E. Schmid today, here reproduced on AOL this morning.

Nevertheless, a large portion of the world’s people, including those in Oceania and Bangladesh, live lower than ten feet above sea level. The entire country of Tuvalu could disappear.

BBC News has an article by Mark Kinver “The ebb and flow of sea level rise” here on Jan. 22, 2008, with many technical diagrams on how sea level is monitored.

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