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Old 07-21-2013, 05:29 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by orinjkrush View Post
1 inch in 10 years? and we're worried about 65 feet? 7800 years from now (assuming linearity)?

we'll be through two ice ages by then.

but it is a curiosity to watch.
What scientists are worried about is the loss of ice shelves, especially in Antarctica. They hold back massive glaciers. If the ice shelves were to break up and/or melt, those glaciers start moving toward the ocean. 90% of the world's ice rests on the Antarctic continent. If it went into the sea, the estimates are that sea level would rise 200 feet. That's unlikely to happen. But if the ice shelves are gone by the end of this century and those glaciers start dumping into the sea, the time line moves up considerably. Who knows?
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