Totten Glacier Thursday


As the winds around Antarctica intensify with rising global temperatures, they’re driving changes in the ocean that could speed up the flow of the massive Totten Glacier, which carries ice from East Antarctica into the ocean, adding to sea level rise, a new study says.

Along the coast, surface winds are projected to intensify over the century due to warming caused by increasing atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. The stronger winds can sweep aside a surface layer of very cold ocean water and enable warmer water from the depths to reach the base of the glacier’s floating ice shelf and slowly eat away at the ice from below, the authors say.

The new study, published today in the journal Science Advances, used detailed ocean temperature records and 15 years of data on the movement of the Totten Glacier and ice shelf to show how the ice thins and accelerates in response to changes in the wind.

The expected changes in wind patterns during the 21st century, “due in part to human activity … could drive Totten’s retreat,” the researchers concluded.

If the Totten Glacier were to melt completely, it could raise global sea level by 3.5 meters (11.4 feet) or more, they wrote.


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15 Responses to Totten Glacier Thursday

  1. Den says:

    Impending climate doom while the deck chairs are re-arranged and the band plays on.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Took 14 minutes this evening after a day of few accomplishments.


  3. Den says:

    Rain expected, actually significant this time, snow up the hill too, just in time for the weekend.


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Hospice has to evaluate patients, so Bob’s time came up and a woman doctor showed up here after Jill went home. She was in her 50s probably, maybe early 60s. At the back door when I was letting her in she asked how he was. I said he had an awake day, drank a Boost, a few sips of coffee, some OJ and water and even talked a bit on the phone to our niece. She asked me if he was waiting for a special date to arrive, something important to him. I did say we had an anniversary coming up in November. I told her Bob’s not like that, doesn’t seem to be obsessing about anything, he’s an even keel guy. I chuckled. She was implying he wasn’t dying yet because he wanted to make it to our anniversary?

    She knelt on the floor next to Bob and looked at him. I sat on the couch, thinking she would listen to his chest, maybe take his blood pressure, then leave. She continued to stare at him. And she stared. She turned to me and asked how we met. I gave her a very brief synopsis. She stared some more at Bob, it was creepy. She stared a lot, it was boring me, it was creepy, found my eyes wandering to my TV where I had MSNBC on. Had the sound way down so I used the remote to put the close captions on so I had something to do while she stared at him. I wondered when she was going to give him a vitals check.

    She asked him something, don’t remember what, but he had a hard time hearing her, answering her. He’s very weak, in every way. When she first came in I told her my daughter had just left and I was having a cup of ice cream, which was on the table.

    She then said to Bob something about the journey he was on. In other words she was telling him he was dying. I got up and took my ice cream cup and put in the freezer, I was frickin’ horrified! My heart started to speed up. When I sat back down she turned to me to tell me about another man who was near the end on hospice and how he had asked for ice cream. His family member brought him a big bowl of it and he at it all. The next day he died. HOLY SHIT! I turned my head away from Bob, whose eyes were wide open, and mumbled that we don’t mention dying around here. She finally listened to his chest, stared at him for awhile, then finally decided to leave.

    I walked outside with her and explained nicely, chuckling to make it light, that we don’t talk to Bob, or in his presence, about the fact that he is dying. Of course he knows it, we know it, but it’s not something to be talked about…it’s that stinking elephant in the room that is better ignored, nothing that needs to be talked about. She apologized, said she understood.

    That was a horrible experience, having that woman in my house, waking the elephant up as if it was nothing. Christ, it’s like her name was Dr. Trump. 😦


    • David B. Benson says:

      The thought of Dr. Trump gave me a little chuckle.


    • Micki says:

      Well, like it or not, sometimes the dying person needs “permission” from the family to let go. We are all going to die, so it makes sense to talk about it IMO. It normalizes it. A dying person deserves an elegant out! With as much dignity and comfort as possible.


      • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

        I had a feeling you would be the one to disagree w/ me.


        • Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

          Seems Jill agrees w/ Micki. I’ll stick to my opinion though. I don’t need to talk about death to Bob at this point. It’s not like we didn’t talk about it when he was not bedridden and was still coherent.


  5. Den says:

    If there is a Dr. Trump he is most likely a Proctologist.


  6. Den says:

    Jihadi morons:


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