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Old 02-04-2015, 06:45 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The Antarctic ice mass, being about 2 1/2 miles thick, is pressing the land down underneath it by almost 1/2 mile. It has a large affect on the earth's gravitational pull - the ocean level below the earth's equator is significantly higher than it is at the same latitude north.

There is a mountain in Ecuador called Mount Chimborazo that is closer to space than Mount Everest.

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If/when Antarctica ice melts, then the ocean level - eventually - will rise much more in the northern hemisphere, because the gravitational shift that results from the loss of the mass of all that ice.

This change cannot but help having an effect on plate tectonics, as well.

Greenland and all other large land masses - like mountain ranges - have similar proportional gravitational effects.

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Arctic sea ice extent remained about a standard deviation below average for the month of December. Compared to recent years, 2014 as a whole was rather unremarkable. The bigger story was the record high extents observed in the Antarctic through more than half of the year.

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I'm not sure - that stuff is way over my head.
Literally... heard them run over the bedroom ceiling last night.
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My wife wants a cat. My kids want a cat. I want a cat too - to take care of itself and not make the house smell bad.
In their observations the mice should be quieter or their research may become more troublesome soon as I succumb to the onslaught of We want a Cattery.

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