Glacial Retreat Before 1910

The Jakobshavn glacier in Greenland retreated more than one foot per day from 1850 to 1903, while thinning by a “considerable extent.” It was also reported that alpine glaciers were in general retreat, and “conclusively that the glaciers of Greenland are receding”


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Government climate experts say that the period of ice loss from 1850 to 1910 experienced global cooling, and was the coldest on record.

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In 1908, National Geographic reported that Alaskan glaciers at Glacier Bay retreated eleven feet per day from 1894 to 1907, during the coldest years on record.

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National Geographic : 1908 Jan, Page 76

USGS reports that Glacier Bay glaciers retreated four feet per day from 1760 to 1907. I annotated the map to show which periods of melting are considered natural by scientists, and which periods are caused by man.

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In 1910, it was reported that the glaciers of the world had been retreating since at least 1836.

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In 1911, it was reported that glaciers in the Alps were disappearing.

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In 1902, it was reported that glaciers in the Alps were retreating more than 100 feet per year.



In 1932 it was reported that the glaciers of west Antarctica had been rapidly retreating for at least a century.

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21 Jul 1932 – A Warmer World.

Government climate experts claim that glacial retreat is due to global warming, yet their own fraudulent temperature data demonstrates that they are wrong.


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7 Responses to Glacial Retreat Before 1910

  1. Gail Combs says:

    The exit from the Little Ice Age was abrupt, occurring in a decade around 1850 when the climate shifted to present day warmth.

    …the age-depth profile predicts an age of 1845 A.D. Results indicate the termination of the LIA was abrupt with a major climatic shift to warmer temperatures around 1845 A.D. and continuing to present day. Prediction limits (error bars) calculated for the profile ages are ±10 years (90% confidence level). Thus a conservative estimate for the time taken to complete the LIA climatic shift to present-day climate is about 10 years….
    Chronological refinement of an ice core record at Upper Fremont Glacier in south central North America

    Temperature and precipitation history of the Arctic
    Miller et al
    Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and Department of Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, USA et al

    …. Solar energy reached a summer maximum (9% higher than at present) ~11 ka ago and has been decreasing since then, primarily in response to the precession of the equinoxes. The extra energy elevated early Holocene summer temperatures throughout the Arctic 1-3°C above 20th century averages, enough to completely melt many small glaciers throughout the Arctic, although the Greenland Ice Sheet was only slightly smaller than at present. Early Holocene summer sea ice limits were substantially smaller than their 20th century average, and the flow of Atlantic water into the Arctic Ocean was substantially greater. As summer solar energy decreased in the second half of the Holocene, glaciers re-established or advanced, sea ice expanded…

    At paper looking at glaciers in Norway.

    A new approach for reconstructing glacier variability based on lake sediments recording input from more than one glacier
    January 2012
    Kristian Vasskoga Øyvind Paaschec, Atle Nesjea, John F. Boyled, H.J.B. Birks

    …. A multi-proxy numerical analysis demonstrates that it is possible to distinguish a glacier component in the ~ 8000-yr-long record, based on distinct changes in grain size, geochemistry, and magnetic composition…. This signal is …independently tested through a mineral magnetic provenance analysis of catchment samples. Minimum glacier input is indicated between 6700–5700 cal yr BP, probably reflecting a situation when most glaciers in the catchment had melted away, whereas the highest glacier activity [growth] is observed around 600 and 200 cal yr BP. During the local Neoglacial interval (~ 4200 cal yr BP until present), five individual periods of significantly reduced glacier extent are identified at ~ 3400, 3000–2700, 2100–2000, 1700–1500, and ~ 900 cal yr BP….

  2. AndyG55 says:

    A video from the guys actually at the ice face..

    You know REAL SCIENTISTS !!!

    • Steve Case says:

      That guy in your Video must not want to get another grant.

    • AndyG55 says:

      No idea who funds the Niels Bohr Institute, but obviously NOT the alarmist bletheren. !!

      This guy and his group are real scientists….

      and that is something that most climate modellers and theoreticians WILL NEVER BE.

  3. Andy Oz says:

    Government Climate Experts are liars.

    A Class Action charging scientific fraud that has directly resulted in the increase of nefarious taxes and energy prices that materially cost money to the plaintiffs (i.e. all people who pay their energy bills and their taxes) should be raised against the said “Government Climate Experts” individually and collectively.

    In Australia, I would sign up to that.

  4. Hazel P. says:

    Year 1900-1949 AD

    List of contents

    •1900: Beginning doubts about the climatic importance of CO2

    •1909-1917: Difficult sea ice conditions around Spitsbergen

    •1911: Niagara Falls frozen

    •1912: The loss of the Titanic

    •1917: The coalmine Sveagruvan opens in Spitsbergen, Svalbard

    •1919-1925: Improving sea ice conditions around Spitsbergen

    •1922: The changing Arctic; warming in Spitsbergen

    •1923: Establishment of early meteorological stations in the Soviet Arctic

    •1929: Establishment of the Unified Hydrological and Meteorological Bureau of the USSR

    •1930: Birkeland draws attention to Arctic warming

    •1931: Victor Franz Hess initiates measurements of cosmic rays at Hafelekar, Austria

    •1932: First navigation of the Northeast Passage without wintering

    •1933: Stalin orders the Northeast Passage made a navigable waterway

    •1934: The worst weather in the world

    •1938: Vernagtferner in Austria retreats

    •1939-1940: The Finish-USSR winter war

    •1939-1940: The cold winter postpones the German attack on France

    •1940: Russian icebreaker Sedow ends its drift across the Arctic Ocean

    •1940: Long sailing season and occasionally no winter ice on fjords in western Spitsbergen

    •1940: German Hilfskreuzer Komet navigates the Northeast Passage en route to the Pacific Ocean

    •1940: The Northeast Passage reported ice free from late August to late September

    •1941: February: German battleship Bismarck stuck in Hamburg because of sea ice

    •1941: May: Circumnavigating a storm centre; Bismarck’s sortie into the North Atlantic

    •1941: Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of USSR

    •1942: Second ship to navigate the Northwest Passage

    •1942: U-435 evacuates Wettertrup “Knospe”

    •1942: Operation Wunderland

    •1942: Jakobshavn Isbræ in West Greenland retreats

    •1942-1943: Stalingrad, a turning point of the 2nd World War

    •1943: The Walter submarine

    •1944: D-Day in West Europe

    •1944: Worst June storm in 40 years destroys Allied harbours in Normandy

    •1947: Retreat of outletglaciers from Jostedalsbreen in southern Norway

    •1949: Recent climatic fluctuations by Leo Lysgaard

    •Back to Climate and History main menu

  5. Fred says:

    An interesting book describing the melting of the Arctic and a lot of science by N.N.Zubov this page describes the melting.

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