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Lakes Found Under Antarctic Ice Using Space Lasers

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 7 years ago | from the space-sharks-still-in-development dept.

NASA 77

Reverse Gear writes "There is a new study circling the media about new lakes found underneath the antarctic ice sheets that apparently empty and fill back up quite fast. 'The scientists allay fears that global warming has created these pockets of water. They say these lakes lie some 2,300 feet below compressed snow and ice, too deep for environmental temperature to reach. However, it is necessary to understand what causes the phenomenon as it can facilitate an understanding of the impact of climate change on the ice sheet in Antarctica.' NASA also has some information on the technique used to detect these lakes."

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Lakes using lasers? (5, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066776)

Lakes can't use lasers. I can only conclude that the lakes are full of sharks.

Re:Lakes using lasers? (1)

LaughingCoder (914424) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066826)

Funny, I read that headline the same way. It took me a couple of tries before it made sense to me.

Re:Lakes using lasers? (2, Funny)

FredDC (1048502) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066840)

I for one would like to welcome our new lakes-under-the-ice-firing-space-lasers-overlords!

Re:Lakes using lasers? (5, Funny)

D4rk Fx (862399) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066836)

You misread the headline. Apparently the lakes exist under areas where the Antarctic Ice has been using Space Lasers.

Ice melting taboo (1)

spineboy (22918) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067318)

Apparently to the mysterious Space lakes, melting ice is taboo, akin to cannibalism among humans. Thus they have been trapped under the weight of "dead" frozen space lake beings. They have been using a subtle form of mind control on the lesser humans to increase the planets temperature, thus freeing them from their ghastly, icy confines.

Re:Lakes using lasers? (0, Redundant)

alphakappa (687189) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068144)

No, no no... you both misread it... apparently they found the lakes under 'Antarctic Ice Using' Space Lasers... i.e. Space Lasers that use Antarctic Ice.

Re:Lakes using lasers? (1)

KlaymenDK (713149) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067378)

Perhaps the sharks, then, are the ones with the lasers? :-p

Re:Lakes using lasers? (1)

operagost (62405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067448)

That's frickin' laser beams. On their heads.

Re:Lakes using lasers? (1)

OnlineAlias (828288) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067660)

And the project shall be known from now on as the 'Alan Parsons Project'

In Soviet Antarctica... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067758)

Lakes find YOU under ice with space lasers.

ICESAT is Cool (5, Informative)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066778)

Here is everything you want to know about this interesting satellite:

http://icesat.gsfc.nasa.gov/ [nasa.gov]

There have been reports of people actually 'seeing' the laser as the satellite goes over:

http://www.satobs.org/seesat/Oct-2003/0064.html [satobs.org]

New water holes way under the ice. Fun. I wonder if we will find even more 'new species' as was reported here:

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/12/1 1/2336230 [slashdot.org]

Re:ICESAT is Cool (5, Funny)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066834)

If you keep telling people about that soon NASA will be forced through a lawsuit to dangle a huge "Do not look into laser with remaining eye" warning sign from the satellite.

Re:ICESAT is Cool (1)

lecithin (745575) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066878)

I'd bet that the warning sign is already there.

Re:ICESAT is Cool (2, Interesting)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066908)

New water holes way under the ice. Fun. I wonder if we will find even more 'new species' as was reported here:

Of course we'll continue finding unknown species if we continue looking in the water. We know next to nothing about the oceans, and they make up a majority of this planet.

Re:ICESAT is Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075574)

" a majority"? Whats he other majority then?

Re:ICESAT is Cool (1)

aadvancedGIR (959466) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067014)

As long as there is no shark among these 'new species', I'm really getting tired of that joke...

Re:ICESAT is Cool (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068018)

The ICESAT website is terrible! Someone needs to call in a web designer on that...

Explanation (4, Funny)

johnw (3725) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066784)

Presumably what makes them fill up is the heat from the lasers?

Heisenberg probably rules, OK

Fire! (0, Redundant)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066808)

Fire the giant space laser!

Re:Fire! (3, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066872)

Stop global warming.

Turn the frikking laser beam off.

Re:Fire! (1, Funny)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066992)

"It's a little weapon I like to call a 'SPACE LASER'." ...well at least it is better than being called a Turbo laser.

So thats where I left my Lake Maker 2000 SX (4, Funny)

Timesprout (579035) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066856)

Sorry for the inconvenience everyone.

Yours etc
God

PS
Apologies also if you are on a planet I created with no lakes, shipping on these things is incredibly slow.

Why global warming (2, Funny)

raynet11 (844558) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066858)

Of course these lakes are being caused by global warming, how do you expect this place to cool off when they keep shooting it with lasers? Hello ?

We're doomed. BFD! (1)

Browzer (17971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066918)

The sooner we accept the fact that the climate will not agree with humanity for the next few good number of generations, the sooner we can get back to discussing the inequities of modern civilization.

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067008)

Well that's a really gloomy attitude. I'm sure there's a technilogical magic bullet for the problem just waiting to be discovered. :-/

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (4, Informative)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067454)

I didn't see a sarcasm tag so I'm forced to conclude that you're serious. Humanity, in all of its faulty glory IS NOT THE CAUSE of temperature change. Repeat after me... "Global warming as caused by human influence is a media driven, grant driven, highly suspect piece of junk science."

Now on to the sitations...

Mars is experiencing the SAME rate of warming that earth is. No possible human cause.
http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/mars_ice-a ge_031208.html
http://www.heartland.org/Article.c fm?artId=17977

From the 40's through the 70's the concern was global cooling. In a nutshell earths temperatures declined right at the point when emissions for the most part were the worst.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_cooling

Note that as of 2002 we were complaining about Antartica's cooling temperatures. Someone forgot to inform the Antartica Temperature Management Team that they were supposed to turn UP the thermostat so that Antartica could conform to the computer models.
http://www.scienceagogo.com/news/20020015034521d ata_trunc_sys.shtml

As late as the 14th and 15th centuries there were frickin' dairy farms on the coast of greenland! Warm enough at that time for frickin dairy farms but lo' there was a mini ice age and it killed them off. Geenland isn't as warm now as it was just a few hundred years ago!
https://conservationfinance.wordpress.com/2006/0 9/01/climate-change-on-greenland/

Satellite (read: stratospheric) temperature readings do NOT show ANY appreciable difference in the atmospheric temperatures
http://www.ghcc.msfc.nasa.gov/MSU/msusci.html

I am way too lazy to keep typing tags. Humans do not cause global warming. Now that I've trolled, flamed, and generally irritated people by saying this, I humbly accept the karma beating I am about to take. That's okay, I can creat another account :-)

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18068022)

"Now on to the sitations..."

Now on to the what??

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (1)

zerosix (962914) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068262)

Finally someone with some common sence, I get tired of everyone atributing global warming to humans. Earth goes through natrual stages of warmth and cold. Is earth warming, quite possibly but no we didn't cause it.

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (1)

Browzer (17971) | more than 7 years ago | (#18069826)

Who said anything about the cause of the problem? The point was the effect, which is gloomy, regardless who/what the causes are/were! Agree?

Actually, the more I think about it and put things into perspective, I wonder if the problem itself is even an issue in the grand scheme of things... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pale_Blue_Dot [wikipedia.org]

Imagine, one less speck!

Sarcasm? I think not!

 

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18071512)

Mars is experiencing the SAME rate of warming that earth is. No possible human cause.
Where are you getting the "same rate" from - it isn't in the NASA page. Furthermore, the exact rate is irrelevant as we are different distances from the sun and have completely different atmospheres. What would be relevent is if the change in rate was the same but we don't have adequate an temperature history of Mars to know that. I'm not too suprised that Mars is warming right now, as ice ages are linked at least partially to solar cycles, and Mars has the same sun as us. However, extensive measurement of solar activity shows that it alone cannot account for the increases in total thermal energy we are seeing.

From the 40's through the 70's the concern was global cooling. In a nutshell earths temperatures declined right at the point when emissions for the most part were the worst.
Yes, and it was a concern. Particulate emissions were causing localized solar blocking leading to decreased temperature. This peaked as particulate emissions peaked and is no longer a significant issue now that most industrialized countries have strict particulate emissions standards. It is a completely orthogonal issue to the green house effect.

Note that as of 2002 we were complaining about Antartica's cooling temperatures. Someone forgot to inform the Antartica Temperature Management Team that they were supposed to turn UP the thermostat so that Antartica could conform to the computer models.
Local temperature decreases do not imply global trends. Furthermore, nowhere in that article did anyone claim that this cooling was inconsistant with global warming predictions as you insinuate.

As late as the 14th and 15th centuries there were frickin' dairy farms on the coast of greenland! Warm enough at that time for frickin dairy farms but lo' there was a mini ice age and it killed them off. Geenland isn't as warm now as it was just a few hundred years ago!
Yep, and it is coming back. No one is worried about that - they are concerned because it looks very much like the temperature is going to rise well beyond what it was in the 14th and 15th century.

Satellite (read: stratospheric) temperature readings do NOT show ANY appreciable difference in the atmospheric temperatures
In the lower stratosphere and lower toposphere. The surface temperature, and upper stratospheres, however do show warming trends - as the page you links says!!

Now that I've trolled, flamed, and generally irritated people by saying this, I humbly accept the karma beating I am about to take.
I don't know if you are trolling or not, but yes your comment is misinformed and should be modded down.

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18075566)

Funny, I don't see any citations nor do I see your credentials, AC. You're even worse than the GP. At least the GP cited something (I'm not going to dispute the correctness of his statements).

Honestly you should both be modded down and any other "global warming" debate here on slashdot. Global warming is just as bad as religion at this point. People have blind faith in one side or another despite having little to no background in the subject. Of course what else should I expect from slashdot? A site whose main demographic is a bunch of geeks and nerds who tend to think they're right about everything and not even an expert can crush their superiority complex.

Re:We're doomed. BFD! (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18075008)

Mars is experiencing the SAME rate of warming that earth is. No possible human cause.

Funny how the word you caps-locked is the one that is the most utter bullshit that neither of your articles even begins to support. Your second article even has to admit that current research shows the sun (the presumed common non-anthropogenic factor for earth and mars) only accounts for 10-30% of the warming on earth.

But then again what was I expecting from someone who says "Repeat after me" rather than "Read up on current research"? Because, you know, if you repeat your denial enough it becomes reality, right?

Stop! (1, Funny)

dotancohen (1015143) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066922)

Maybe if they stop shining lasers at the ice it will stop melting.

Sharks with Lasers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18066928)

Arctic lakes were first discovered using friggin' Sharks with lasers on their heads.

No ill tempered mutated sea bass were harmed in the discovery of deep lakes.

AVP (2, Funny)

otacon (445694) | more than 7 years ago | (#18066964)

Isn't that how Alien vs. Predator started?

Re:AVP (1)

Delight-Delirium (415145) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068136)

Lasers from space + Antarctica = yeah, that's exactly what I was thinking

Space Lazors! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18066990)

OMGWTFBBQ pew, pew...

old meme (1)

donald_the_laker (971410) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067036)

space lazers? in MY ice caps?
it's more likely than you think.

For crying out loud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067088)

...can't even talk about lasers on slashdot anymore.

serious question ... (1, Interesting)

boxlight (928484) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067098)

Serious question ...

Is it possible these lake were always there? Where is the evidence that these lake are a new thing and are caused by global warming?

Re:serious question ... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067194)

RTFA. Actually, the CLAIM is that they have been there for a long time. This is not evidence for global warming. However, knowing the water cycle in the antartic is important for building better models which could help understand global warming,

Re:serious question ... (2, Informative)

KokorHekkus (986906) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067220)

If you read the article you will see that they are just warding of any coming questions about global warming causing the subglacial lakes. There are over hundred known subglacial lakes in Antarctica with Lake Vostok being the largest one being 250 km long and 50 km wide ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Vostok [wikipedia.org] )

Re:serious question ... (1)

grimJester (890090) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067806)

The scientists allay fears that global warming has created these pockets of water.

Big word: Allay. Still, lessen the intensity of or calm - "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"

Re:serious question ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18070400)

They are not a new thing, they are a new discovery. RTFA and it will tell you that they are too deep to have the climate have any effect.

They are not connected to global warming (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 7 years ago | (#18070474)

There are noscientific claims that this is linked to global warming. The CNN article on this even had an "executive summary" that said this (sorry can't find url).

The next boogeyman? (5, Insightful)

freeweed (309734) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067274)

The scientists allay fears that global warming has created these pockets of water.

Without taking a side on the issue, does every natural event have to be compared against the global warming checklist now?

It's like when there's a gas leak (or something equally trivial) in someone's house. The news immediately has to comment that "at this time, authorities say there is no reason to suspect terrorism".

Have we finished jumping at shadows yet?

Re:The next boogeyman? (2, Insightful)

keithhackworth (902524) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067402)

I was just wondering that, too. TFA specifically says "they say these lakes lie some 2,300 feet below compressed snow and ice, too deep for environmental temperature to reach," so how the heck does Global Warming affect this? It it was global warming, the ice on TOP would melt - not the ice on BOTTOM! I would more likely suspect it's due to friction of the sliding ice or heat generated from within the Earth (such as volcanic activity).

Keith

Re:The next boogeyman? (2, Insightful)

Viper Daimao (911947) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067458)

Plus from what I understand, there is no warming in Antarctica [eurekalert.org] .

A new report on climate over the world's southernmost continent shows that temperatures during the late 20th century did not climb as had been predicted by many global climate models.

Re:The next boogeyman? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18068246)

Correct. The new IPCC report (only the policymaker summary has been released) notes that very little warming (if any) has occurred in Antarctica. In fact, they have strongly revised the potential sea level rises due to global warming from up to 20 feet or more in a century to up to 50 cm (best estimates between 20-50 cm). Antarctica is expected to gain a little ice mass during the next century (but decline afterwards). Greenland is expected to lose a little. The majority of the sea level rise will be due to glacier ice loss (which is a small amount of ice compared to Greenland and Antarctica). After 2100 though all bets are off. If warming continues unabated (with maybe a 1000 ppm CO2 concentration compared to the 383 or so value today) then Greenland can add about 4 m to the sea levels and Antarctica can add another 7 m.

Re:The next boogeyman? (2, Insightful)

Canthros (5769) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067534)

Clearly, the fact that some phenomena are exceptions to global warming is further evidence of the pervasiveness of global warming and our complicity in same. ...

But, seriously. Global warming is pretty overblown, and highly politicized. This not just because of the economic effects that an anti-global-warming regulatory regime would impose, but also because of the political interests that desire just such a regime (for various reasons, but be aware that socialists have been very active in the enviromental movement for a long time). As long as this situation persists, expect to hear a lot of those mostly-irrelevant notes whenever the talking heads can squeeze them in.

Re:The next boogeyman? (1)

CmdrGravy (645153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067574)

I agree, everything in its place and all that. We've already had 1 topic about global warming today and with this potentially interesting topic the mention of GW in the write up is just uncessary and likely to derail any interesting discussion about these lakes into the usual GW flame fest which is a shame.

Re:The next boogeyman? (2, Insightful)

deadlock911 (629647) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067712)

It blows my mind whenever a global warming debate starts on slashdot.

That statement does serve to reassure the public. When you find lots of melted ice, look for the fire. Also i wouldn't be so quick to say it has nothing to do with global warming. It may not be caused by it but large freshwater lakes held under ice have been the cause of major climate shifts in the past. Large freshwater lakes held in by glaciers have the potential to be released by melting ice. This can cause problems with the oceans heat transfer system due to desalinization.

In conclusion: when the news starts adding "these figures are not thought to have been caused by global warming" to the end of each weather forecast you can say we are jumping at shadows, till then i think the public should be kept more informed about what does and does not affect the world we live in.

Re:The next boogeyman? (1)

adpowers (153922) | more than 7 years ago | (#18071428)

I wish I had mod points right now because you seem to be the only sane person in this thread. Some people are so paranoid about "anti-industry, global warming socialists" that they'll get defense every time someone even mentions it.

Re:The next boogeyman? (2, Funny)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067834)

Without taking a side on the issue, does every natural event have to be compared against the global warming checklist now? - no, of-course not, however we cannot rule out a possibility that it is Usama bin Laden who is hiding in those pockets of water, if it ain't the global warming, it just could be the terrorists.

Re:The next boogeyman? (1)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068148)

Agreed. Why take a fascinating story and link it to something else?

The only connection this has is that if you're trying to quantify the effect of climate change on Antarctic glaciers you'd better understand how they move normally, and this work improves the models of how they move normally.

Unless the article was trying to avoid creating a misunderstanding by heading off a possible misconception. Anything's possible, but some things are more likely than others.

Re:The next boogeyman? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18068836)

My hemmoroids are acting up recently. I blame global warming!!

Re:The next boogeyman? (1)

echinda (948608) | more than 7 years ago | (#18069494)

But did they find videogames when they checked the laser's apartment?

Re:The next boogeyman? (1)

cbacba (944071) | more than 7 years ago | (#18088996)

Yes and No. Until the time occurs again when the politics has been removed from science, it's going to be around. It won't matter what proofs are shown the alarmist industry will just shift focus to something else, probably equally erroneous.

Towards the end of a Nova program about 2 yrs ago which was on the glaciers sliding into the ocean - after covering the science about what's going on 2000 ft below the frozen top where the bottom is melting - (evidently due to volcanic activity) there was the obligatory references to global warming which was shown in the program to not be a factor in this phenomenona.

evidently, some believe that 17000 repetitions make one truth.

   

What could be driving this ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067284)

I note the OP says that the lakes seem to fill and empty rapidly.

Sounds like a plumbing system to me.

Do those boys at the Amundsen-Scott base have an outside craphouse?

Re:What could be driving this ... (3, Insightful)

CmdrGravy (645153) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067628)

I read last week that from the obeservations that the lakes are changing in volume the thinking is that they are connected by an extensive river system under the ice. I don't think it says but I would imagine that this may affect the plans to explore Lake Vostock, which has previously been thought to be a completely self contained eco-system but which may now be connected to a larger eco system if rivers do indeed flow into or out of it.

I wander if these rivers do ever emerge from under the ice, you'd have thought they would still flow downhill and therefore end up at the coast sooner or later.

Exploring these lakes and rivers systems would be an amazing experience, it's probably totally unfeasible to explore them with SCUBA equipment and also probably still very dangerous to explore them in submarines but I'd definitely like to see it done.

In full force (0, Redundant)

dosle (794546) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067366)

Space laser operators reported an onslaught of Shark-based laser attack. More at ten.

GenX (1)

trongey (21550) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067370)

OK. You just know that a bunch of guys are out there trying to figure how to get a wet bike onto those lakes.

Formula for global warming OMGWTFBBQ!!1! (5, Insightful)

danbeck (5706) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067406)

Step #1: Observe abnormal or extreme environmental phenomena
Step #2: Locate a "scientist" willing to go on record
Step #3: Ignore the basic tenets of science. (Observe, theorize, prove/disprove)
Step #4: WE WILL DIE IN THE NEXT (insert your conveniently difficult to prove or disprove number here) YEARS! OMGWTFBBQ!!1!

The very fact that this article has to assure people that these underground lakes have nothing to do with global warming should raise a few eyebrows. I can feel the herd of angry Moderators rushing towards me as I type this.

Re:Formula for global warming OMGWTFBBQ!!1! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067760)

You forgot step #5

Step #5: ... PROFIT!

Re:Formula for global warming OMGWTFBBQ!!1! (3, Informative)

Beryllium Sphere(tm) (193358) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068342)

The mass media have been of negative value on this issue. I'd be surprised if a majority of USians know what is uncertain and what is known with reasonable confidence.

Anyone who wants an accessible overview of the science can do much better than watching the shouting heads by taking a look at the IPCC summary for policymakers [www.ipcc.ch] .

And any story that talks about one Siberian town getting colder, or about one single hurricane, is an insult to your intelligence and should be treated as such.

Old News (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18067668)

This was on Fark a couple days ago.

Scary, if you think about it. (0, Troll)

Reservoir Penguin (611789) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067782)

The same water lubing mechanism seems to behind the rapid disappearing of Greenland glaciers. Ans now it's starting to look like universal mechanism accelerating the melting of land based ice. The article says that the changes the used to think took decades now are observed happening in MONTHS. And it's starting to look we may see the horrific consequences of our actions in our lifetimes.

Cool.... (0)

Bullfish (858648) | more than 7 years ago | (#18067884)

So what's the fishing like?

Re:Cool.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18074026)

hmm...The fishing could prove to be very interesting. The temperature of the lakes must be fairly constant and life would have had a long time to adapt.

Imagine the new (to us) species that have survived the millenia!

Wake me when (1)

RembrandtX (240864) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068288)

Wake me up when they find a meteor in one of them that proves our oceans were seeded by alien bugs that rode a comet into our atmosphere.
Of course, some spunky senator's daughter that works for NSA will probably figure it all out to be a farce. And fall in love. But .. what can you do ?

Don't. (1)

D-Fens (176301) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068318)

You'll awaken the Old Ones.

Re:Don't. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18071670)

Tekeleli-li! Tekeleli-li!

Oceanic Dillution (1)

Bellum Aeternus (891584) | more than 7 years ago | (#18068568)

So, if there are large lakes in the Anartic, that need refilling - then perhaps it's already dumping more fresh water into the oceans naturally than we originally thought. If so, this is good news for us humans. One of the major fears of global warming has been the desalinization of the oceans and the disrupting of the normal ocean currents -leading to massive global cooling. If the ice caps are already desalinating faster than we thought, perhaps we have more time than we thought to sort this whole warming thing out. I can sleep better already... off to take a nap.

The standard cliche' (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18069260)

Isn't it funny how "scientists" nowadays have a 1 page manual on developing hypotheses? We found something new happening on globe! What could the cause be? Quick check the New World Order Hypothesis Manual -developed by "scientists" for "scientists".

Page 1. "When you don't know, blame it on global warming. It's quick efficient and doesn't require any more thought or research. Of course you can't prove it conclusively but no one can disprove you either. Plus you get to pocket the remaining research dollars since no further research is needed."
The End

I can see a whole new series of books coming out now. Science for dummies. Science for parents. Science for politicians.

"Mommy, why is the sky blue?"
"It's because of global warming my dear."

Lasers: gotta love 'em (1)

Lou-ice (1066052) | more than 7 years ago | (#18070604)

Space Lasers... Is there anything they can't do?

Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (1)

newsblaze (894675) | more than 7 years ago | (#18077292)

Some of the 'lakes' are huge, possibly the size of Lake Ontario:
Joint NASA Study Reveals Leaks in Antarctic `Plumbing System` [newsblaze.com]

It says - The research team combined images from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite and data from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS) on NASA's Ice Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) to unveil a multi-dimensional view.
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