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  • It's just the natural result of the end of the Ice Age 10,000 years ago when solar flares started flaring and made Mars hot. Stupid libs.
  • Yay! Raleigh, North Carolina will finally be a port city!
  • The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

    See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

    2230

    Impressive, right? Now, if I just told you that number and said it was vitally important, what would happen? I'll tell you what: an entire realm of science would pop into being dedicated to finding out what that number means, how it impacts our life. By the time the 2230ists were finished, the Theory of 2230 would relate to everything. Then other scientists would come along and say, no, you guys are wrong, the real Theory of 2230 is *this*. And so on, and so on, and so on. That's what scientists *do*. They create meaning for things, then other scientists create another meaning, then they argue, then the government gives them grant money.

    And here's the kicker: the truth is that 2230 *is* important, but each of them is just looking at it in isolation. Without understanding the big picture. They don't know how all the parts fit together, or even what the parts are. And so they're all wrong.

    Don't get it? OK, let's try it this way. Let's pull back the lens a bit, subby, take a look at the situation you're describing. Water levels are rising. Oooh, scary. They're rising faster than predicted. OOOOOOH, scarier. But what happens when you increase the total amount of water in a given surface? Hm?

    Volume, remember that? The water's volume increases. OK, see that's something that an oceanographer doesn't consider, because it's about math. So tell me: what happens when a water's volume increases?

    That's right, very good. The water becomes heavier. Because there's more of it. Need proof? Here's an experiment for you to conduct: pick up a 5-gallon jug of water. Now pick up a 1-gallon jug. Which is heavier?

    So what happens when the water's weight increases? Well, now we're into geography, another part of the big picture. The heavier water pushes down on the ocean's floor. Now, in some places, that will actually make the ocean deeper -- sort of like when the bottom of a plastic dish bows outward. In other places, though, the heavier water won't be able to actually move the floor, but will put tremendous pressure on it. TREMENDOUS pressure. And what happens when you put tremendous pressure on the earth's crust?

    That's right, volcanoes. See, now we're into volcanology, which teaches us that magma, which is produced by volcanoes, is earth's building material. The pressure produced by the rising sea will force volcanic eruptions of magma to the surface, which in effect will create new land. So, even as the oceans are rising, land is rising, too. This is how planets get bigger, subby (and -- see? -- we're into astrology now). Do you think the Earth was always this same size? No! Thousands upon thousands of years ago it was much smaller. There was also a lot less water. Now we have lots of water, and lots of land. A few thousand years from now, there will be even more of both. It's the natural way of things. It's science. SCIENCE. But not science studied in isolation, subby. Science as part of the greater whole.
  • Pocket Ninja: The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

    See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

    2230


    I [heart] Pocket Ninja. I am now a firm believer in 2230.
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    Everyone stay calm! This is not happening!
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    Everyone stay calm! This is not happening!


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  • The earth just reinvents itself on a regular basis. Nothing to see here are get excited about.
  • No matter how mad it gets, Earth still won't end up like Waterworld.
  • Oh, fark, two GW threads posted to Main already, and it's not even noon.

    It's going to be one of those days.


    I'm gonna need more liquor.
  • bim1154: The earth just reinvents itself on a regular basis. Nothing to see here are or get excited about.

  • If this is true, why did Al Gore just buy oceanfront property?
  • FREE 2230! FREE 2230! FREE 2230!
  • Cythraul: Pocket Ninja: The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.

    See, data is meaningless when it's taken as an isolated point. See, for example, here's a piece of data:

    2230

    I [heart] Pocket Ninja. I am now a firm believer in 2230.


    2230 causes autism you heartless bastard
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  • It's to late to do anything, and we don't know what to do even if we could. It's to complex a system and we've pushed it to far out of whack.

    /If you'll excuse me, I've got to mount pontoons to my apartment.
  • It's a brand new album for 1990....


    obscure?
  • Pocket Ninja: 2230


    That was beautiful. I read it in a southern car salesman's voice.
  • I hate having to drive 3 hours to reach the ocean. The quicker it gets to me the better.

    /be right back, melting some icebergs
  • bim1154: The earth just reinvents itself on a regular basis. Nothing to see here are get excited about.


    The last time the earth "reinvented" itself on a scale like this, the dinosaurs died out (or became chickens).
  • Pocket Ninja: astrology


    I lost it bad right there. Good thing I wasn't drinking coffee.
  • Awesome! The world WON'T be taken over by Zombies, because everyone knows they can't swim!
  • Pocket Ninja: The problem with these "OMG the sky is falling" climate-change horror predictions is that nobody looks at the big pictures. Oceanographers just look at oceans, Geographers just look at earth. Weatherographers just look at their latest Super Doppler7000 and circle their arms around weather patterns. And so on.


    Panoramas?

    /btw... love your work :)
  • Well, of course it seems like the Ocean is rising faster than predicted. Stupid Lib scientists failed to account for the Storm surge from Hurricane Sandy.
  • Pocket Ninja: The problem with these...


    you are the strangest and most wonderful person on the internets
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