Ocean in a Cup

icepicOne of the consistent claims made by environmental activists is that Arctic polar ice is melting and thus the sea levels are rising.

The Arctic ice pack is the ice cover of the Arctic Ocean and its vicinity — thus the ice sits on the top of the Arctic Ocean.  An overly simple analogy would be that polar ice is to the Arctic Ocean as an ice cube is to a beverage — it floats on top.

Throughout many years and numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies it has been discovered that this polar ice may indeed be melting.  Different studies using different models can’t accurately predict at what rate this ice is melting, but most concur that there is a melting process occurring; but this is where the science ends.

Most in the scientific community agree to a certain extent that there is a naturally occurring, cyclical element to the melting process.  The heated debate begins as to Humanity’s direct impact with respect to the polar ice; some say Human induced global warming is to blame for the apparent acceleration of the melting process, while others say it is a natural process beyond the scope of Human impact.

During the period 1645–1715, in the middle of the Little Ice Age, there was a period of low solar activity known as the Maunder Minimum.  The Maunder Minimum, also known as the “prolonged sunspot minimum”, is the name used for that period during the latter half of the 17th century when sunspots became exceedingly rare, as noted by solar observers of the time.

Note that this period of low solar activity and the planet’s subsequent cooling trend occurred prior to the Industrial Revolution — predating it by roughly 45 years.

Popularly known as the Ice Age, was another recent glacial period within the Quaternary glaciation occurring during the last 100,000 years of the Pleistocene (the Pleistocene is the geological epoch which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world’s recent period of repeated glaciations).  Scientists consider this “ice age” to be merely the latest glaciation event in a much larger ice age, one that dates back over two million years and has seen multiple glaciations — also predating the Industrial Revolution.

Simply stated, the Earth constantly undergoes natural warming and cooling phases.

There is a direct and undeniable fact that solar cycles are one of, if not the most, important and determining factors of climate change.

In other words, the world was in a state of a mini ice age.  And true to form of the natural ebb and flow of the dynamic concept of climate change, the planet Earth is undergoing a warming phase.

“In the first place, nowhere near all scientists in the world agree either that we are confronted with anything other than a minor warming of the Earth from natural causes, or that Humans are responsible.” – Lowell Green

Archimedes’ principle indicates that the upward buoyant force that is exerted on a body immersed in a fluid, whether fully or partially submerged, is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.  This principle is a cornerstone, a fundamental law in fluid mechanics.

"Climate Change Guide"

fig 1.1 – “Climate Change Guide

Archimedes’ principle is of paramount importance; floating ice when melts will not raise the sea levels.

While many scientists, climatologists, meteorologists understand this to be the case, many special interest groups still spread the falsehood that melting polar caps would raise sea levels (fig 1.1).

“Many individuals have pointed out that while it might be true that floating ice doesn’t raise the ocean’s level when it melts, it is a different story with land-based ice.  The real danger, they claimed, is if the glaciers on Greenland begin to melt — then we are in real trouble” notes Green.

Green also notes in his best-selling book, “How the Granola-Crunching, Tree-Hugging, Thug Huggers Are Wrecking Our Country”, “”It’s got to raise the level of the water when an ice cap or iceberg melts,” I am assured dozens of times by callers who try to explain to me that when all the ice which was above the water melts, it only stands to reason that it adds to the volume of the oceans, and thus they will rise.  This essentially is what some scientists have been telling us as well, so it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that so many people actually believe it” — Archimedes be damned.

Roughly 90% of the planet’s ice is located in the Antarctica polar region.  The relative temperatures in the Antarctic vary depending upon which scientific group is reporting from -37°F to -57°F (or -38.33°C to -49.44°C).

“Common sense tells me that if the Earth’s temperature shoots up to the point where the Antarctic ice begins to melt, we Humans have long since become nothing more than grease spots” writes Green.  “Greenland, on the other hand, has only about 5% of the Earth’s ice.  Even if every bit of ice on it melted and ran into the sea, it is highly unlikely it would affect the Earth’s oceans much more than a heavy rainfall.”

While it is true that there is a warming process affecting Arctic polar ice, it is a lie that this will raise the ocean’s levels; Halifax, Vancouver and Florida will not be drowned out.

Combating climate change requires Humanity to control the sun, volcanic eruptions, lunar cycles and Earth’s orbit itself — all feats currently beyond Human technology.  No price on carbon can change this fact.

Special interest groups and those that seek to foster the implementation of such social doctrines as Agenda 2030 or the Leap Manifesto cherry pick scientific data to advance their so-called “noble” cause.  Claiming that melting Arctic glaciers will raise sea levels is an absolute lie.

And here’s the proof:

fig 2.1

fig 2.1

  1. Take a traditional measuring cup and add one cup of water (fig 2.1).
  2.  Add some ice cubes and note the water level rise (fig 2.2).
  3. Allow hours to pass as the ice melts (fig 2.3)
  4. Note that once the ice is melted, the level of the water remains at the same height as the original displacement (fig 2.4).
fig 2.2

fig 2.2

fig 2.3

fig 2.3

fig 2.4

fig 2.4

Bottom line, melting Arctic ice will not raise the sea levels.  Any claim to the contrary is flagrantly false.

And that is Kevin’s Common Sense.

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2 Responses to Ocean in a Cup

  1. roberthakim says:

    Reblogged this on Robbie's Blog and commented:
    Some scientific data for those interested alarmists!

  2. Pingback: Oh Big Brother, Where Art Thou? | Canadian Common Sense

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