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Antarctic Coastal Permafrost Melting Faster Than Expected

by on August 7, 2013

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

I’ve set up a script where I just hit the F2 key and a wordpress page comes up starting with the phrase, “For the first Time..”.

F3 brings up “Melting Faster than expected…”

Climatestate:

 For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost, or ground ice, in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic, where accelerated melting of permafrost has become a regularly recurring phenomenon, and the change could offer a preview of melting permafrost in other parts of a warming Antarctic continent.

Tracking data from Garwood Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys region of Antarctica, Joseph Levy, a research associate at The University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Geophysics, shows that melt rates accelerated consistently from 2001 to 2012, rising to about 10 times the valley’s historical average for the…

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