Glacial Melting and Sea Level Rise

by: Davis Yancy Clegg


Glacial Iceberg

In a time when we are forced to consider that fake news is creeping its way into our morning cup of coffee, it’s important that we take the time to look at multiple sources before permanently stamping ourselves into any certain position on environmental issues. While scare tactics have been used by media outlets to reel gullible young people into making those like Al Gore a rich man, there is scientific data brought forth by the world’s finest minds that directly contradict global sea levels are receding in rapid fashion.

In fact, Earth’s largest bodies of water are rising. Yes, the global climate is increasing. As a result, the temperatures of even the deepest parts of the Earth’s oceans are rising. With this increase, glacial melting has been recorded at an accelerating rate. As these vast sheets of ice and massive glaciers experience an expeditious turn in the rate at which they melt, more water is added to the oceans. NASA has a fleet of instruments that are only becoming more accurate as time passes. These instruments range from orbital satellites to land-roving machines. The areas where they have been deployed have given much insight into why we see the changes in ocean levels that have jumped out at scientists in the course of their field and laboratory work. The globally determined trend toward the rise of our seas is masked in complex detail. Some areas of the ocean experience different regional effects. These regional studies have shown that while the increased rate of ice melting has causing a rise in sea level in some areas, and yet a decrease in others. Thermal Expansion of seawater can be the resulting yield of the periodic warming of the eastern parts of the tropical Pacific Ocean (i.e. El Nino).

While glacial bodies in Antarctica, Greenland and most of the world’s other glaciers are melting, we must see things through the lens of a more distinct perspective. While the melting of ice discharges certain amounts of water into the bodies of water measured, the permanent loss of ice and precipitation and evaporation changes are shown to fluctuate in different ways throughout decades. In summation, we cannot be led by our own ambitions to jump to any certain conclusions about the shifting ways of the planet and its properties. The wisest of minds are always looking for a further education in the areas they are most passionate about. Take time to look at multiple sources before deciding on your position when it comes to issues as compounding as global climate change, and the effects it brings. “Fake news” and its’ precipitous effects are as valuable as ambition without direction.


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