Good Grace! Greenland Glacier Growing

The Kangerdlugssuaq glacier is growing 35 metres per day. This is impossible because the University of Texas says that Greenland is losing ice at a record rate.

h/t to Marc Morano


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20 Responses to Good Grace! Greenland Glacier Growing

  1. Peter Ellis says:

    Glaciers are part of how Greenland loses mass. The central ice cap can lose mass in one of two ways: either the ice melts and flows out to the sea as water, or it flows out to sea in glaciers and then breaks off in calving events like the one shown on 22nd May.

  2. gnome says:

    Why hasn’t anyone worked out that glacier growth or retreat is a response to precipitation, not to temperature, in areas (ie high latiudes and and altitudes) where the temperatures are low enough for ice to persist? Does anone seriously think Greenland, Antarctica or the Himalayas are too warm for ice to survive?

    • Independent says:

      Well, yes. There are plenty of people who are telling us all the time that Greenland, Antarctica and the Himalayan glaciers are “melting.” The fact that at present rates of ice loss (assuming those estimates are accurate) it would take hundreds of thousands of years for Greenland to melt, for example, is something conveniently never mentioned. Kind of like sea ice extent in the Antarctic vis-a-vis the Arctic.

  3. Latitude says:

    That is the coolest picture I’ve seen…………………….

  4. gator69 says:

    “This is impossible because the University of Texas says that Greenland is losing ice at a record rate.”

    What they leave out is that it is also gaining ice at a record rate too!

  5. NikFromNYC says:

    Rorschach pattern?

    I see my macro micro wiggly jigglies lapping yours, in your wife and daughter’s “minds.”

    Of rested case, lads and gentiles, I hereby present…drum roll…the Nobel life of Randy Man Minus Wife:
    Tobacco farmer Gore’s six-fireplace palace:

  6. NikFromNYC says:

    CUNT-inued (to avoid auto-erotic-moderation of multiple ‘inks):
    And “BIO-solar” jet ski launch (and bachelor) pad yacht:

  7. sunsettommy says:

    “9. Maurizio Morabito Says:
    July 12th, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Next: Mooney on how Big Oil pays dirty do-no-gooders to fill up his blog with fake comments.”


  8. I’ve recently read the Ross Ice Shelf is breaking up for the first time (since it last broke up of course), and its a DISASTAH!. It breaks up every year, to a greater or lesser degree, sometimes with spectacular fissures tens of miles long. I sometimes wonder if these over-emotional scientists ever have a drink with ice in it. I assume they wouldn’t be able to stand the sight of that ice melting.

  9. Brad B says:

    from the link:

    “Two images of the Kangerdlugssuaq glacier in eastern Greenland from 1992 and 2011 show that the ice stream’s calving front has retreated by five kilometres in the past 19 years. Thinning in the ice steam and surrounding ice sheet is also evident.”

    Source: Planetsave (

    and from the googles:

    “Acceleration of Greenland’s three largest outlet glaciers, Helheim, Kangerdlugssuaq
    and Jakobshavn Isbræ, accounted for a substantial portion of the ice sheet’s mass
    loss over the past decade…
    …Kangerdlugssuaq lost over 7 times its annual average
    SMB, but loss has returned to the 2000 rate. These differences point to contrasts in
    the long‐term evolution of these glaciers and the danger in basing predictions on
    extrapolations of recent changes…

    …The glacier [Kangerdlugssuaq] lost a total of 152 ±10 Gt by the end of 2011, with 80
    Gt lost between September 2004 and January 2008 alone (Fig. 3). Retreat accounted
    for 20 Gt of loss. Increasing SMB over the period offset the loss due to discharge by
    10 Gt or 7%.”

    (SMB = surface mass balance)

    Click to access 2011GL047565_merged.pdf

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