Climate Scientists Discover That Coral Reefs Grow As Sea Level Rises

We are lucky to have such smart people looking out for our best interests.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/science/earth/16coral.html

 

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6 Responses to Climate Scientists Discover That Coral Reefs Grow As Sea Level Rises

  1. Mike Davis says:

    Andy left out a lot and by using the terms Ice Age and Warm Interval between Ice Ages he contributes to misunderstanding of historical processes. the globe is experiencing a period that can be considered an Ice Age with Glacial Maximum and Glacial Minimum periods which are in reality transition periods from one state to the other as at no time is on or the other condition stable.
    The article appears to be about the transition period of warming towards the previous Glacial Minimum and the adaptability of coral during periods of relative fast sea level rise. There is other evidence that sea level was higher during that period and the regional temperatures were also higher. The doubts expressed by other researchers is sort of like the rest of the climatologist claims as the research may not fit the desired pattern required for predicting alarm.
    According to historical records the globe is currently in a transition state towards the next Glacial Maximum having attained a state of Glacial Minimum about 8 thousand years ago. At which time the sea levels reached the maximum height during this interglacial period.
    The only question remaining is at what point is the globe considered experiencing glaciation? Short term patterns of less than about 5 thousand years do not count as more than weather on a Global Scale!

  2. Paul Pierett says:

    This is old knowledge. I wonder why it resurfaced, now.

  3. There’s been some cool pictures on this blog.

  4. Jimbo says:

    Duh! I’ve been telling warmists about coral atolls for sometime now. Darwin told them so as well.

    New Scientist – June 2010
    “For years, people have warned that the smallest nations on the planet – island states that barely rise out of the ocean – face being wiped off the map by rising sea levels. Now the first analysis of the data broadly suggests the opposite: most have remained stable over the last 60 years, while some have even grown….During that time, local sea levels have risen by 120 millimetres, or 2 millimetres per year on…

    The dynamic response of reef islands to sea-level rise
    Results contradict existing paradigms of island response and have significant implications for the consideration of island stability under ongoing sea-level rise in the central Pacific. First, islands are geomorphologically persistent features on atoll reef platforms and can increase in island area despite sea-level change.

    Solomon Star – March 5, 2009
    When the sea rises, the atoll rises with it, and when the sea falls, they fall as well.
    ENN

  5. Jimbo says:

    Here is a related issue concerning Bangladesh. It has gained land area over the past 30 years despite ‘rising‘ local sea levels. In fact this process has been going on since the large sea level rises at the end of the last ice age!

    Recent observatons:
    http://www.scidev.net/en/news/river-sediment-may-counter-bangladesh-sea-level-rise.html
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7532949.stm
    ——————————-
    Holocene:

    “Development of the Ganges-Brahmaputra River delta began ca. 11000 yr B.P., when rising sea level flooded the Bengal basin, thereby trapping most of the river’s discharge on the inner margin.”
    http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/28/12/1083.abstract

    ——————————–

    1/3 of sediment from the Ganges-Brahmaputra river system has been retained by flood plain and delta since 7,000 BP.
    “Results reveal that 1500 x 109 m3 of sediment fill has been sequestered within the flood plain and delta plain since ca. 7000 yr B.P., or about one-third of the annual discharge. The remaining load appears to be apportioned between the prograding subaqueous delta (1970 x 109 m3) and transport to the deep-sea Bengal fan via a nearshore canyon.”
    http://geology.geoscienceworld.org/cgi/content/abstract/27/6/559

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