Monday, March 30, 2020

The Ghost Plumes - 12

Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica
I. Review

Some readers may be wondering why I am focusing so much on the ghost plumes of Antarctica.

Please let me remind those readers that we are in newly confirmed territory on an issue that has been hypothesized a lot here on Dredd Blog.

Yes, the emphasis on ghost plumes has been around for quite a while prior to it's recent confirmation, as was the ghost water issue and the ghost photon issue (NASA Busts The Ghost; The Ghost-Water Constant, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; The Ghost Plumes, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, The Ghost Photons, 2, 3).

In this context a "ghost" is what many scientists refuse to see ("none are so blind as those who refuse to see").

What Dredd Blog indicated a couple of years prior to a recent discovery was:
"Why make a big deal out of a chunk of ice that is out of sight and out of mind?

Why make a big deal out of a chunk of ice that only twenty-eight (28) humans have ever set their feet upon?
(Hot, Warm, & Cold Thermal Facts: Tidewater-Glaciers - 3). So, let's review the recent confirmation, two years later, of the ghost plume hypothesis:
"A team of scientists has observed, for the first time, the presence of warm water at a vital point underneath a glacier in Antarctica--an alarming discovery that points to the cause behind the gradual melting of this ice shelf while also raising concerns about sea-level rise around the globe.

Warm waters in this part of the world, as remote as they may seem, should serve as a warning to all of us about the potential dire changes to the planet brought about by climate change," explains David Holland, director of New York University's Environmental Fluid Dynamics Laboratory and NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Global Sea Level Change, which conducted the research. "If these waters are causing glacier melt in Antarctica, resulting changes in sea level would be felt in more inhabited parts of the world.

The recorded warm waters--more than two degrees above freezing--flow beneath the Thwaites Glacier, which is part of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet. The discovery was made at the glacier's grounding zone--the place at which the ice transitions between resting fully on bedrock and floating on the ocean as an ice shelf and which is key to the overall rate of retreat of a glacier."
(Antarctica 2.0 - 8, emphasis added). Remember also that the current Covid-19 pandemic was likened to this climate change issue in the previous post (The Ghost Plumes - 11).

II. Revise

I think this requires software revision in the sense that we need to develop a way to zero in on the plume quantities all around the Antarctica grounding line.

I am continuing to do that.

This post is an update on the progress, and sometimes when difficulties are encountered, the lack thereof.

III. Reveal

Today I am updating the issue with a disclosure of the HTML files that elucidate the graphs that are displayed from time to time.

This means that when graphs are posted here on Dredd Blog there will also be HTML files posted so that readers can equate the numbers to the graphs.

The HTML files are in Appendix A (plume flow) and Appendix B (ice melt).

These data files relate to the graphs presented in the previous post (Appendix A graphs, Appendix B graphs).

IV. Closing Comments

I will continue to improve upon the percentages mentioned in the recent posts in this series.

That is, the percentage of the above sea level ice sheet loss (current estimate is 32%) compared to the below sea level ice sheet loss at Tidewater Glaciers (current estimate is 68%).

The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.

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