Tabular Iceberg

Tabular Iceberg

Tabular icebergs have steep, nearly vertical sides and a flat plateau top. Tabular icebergs typically break off of ice shelves, which are tabular bodies of thick ice.




400,000 years ago – All of Greenland Melted – No SUVs

The interglacial ~400,000 years ago was lot hotter. And there were no SUVs or coal power plants.

“A paper published … in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology finds that the last 4 interglacials were up to 3C warmer than the current interglacial and were characterized by sea levels up to 79 feet [24 meters] higher than the present. According to the authors, “The most conservative estimates of palaeo-sea level during [the interglacial ~400,000 years ago] would require an ice mass loss equivalent to all of the modern Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets; the more extreme estimates would require additional ice mass loss from the East Antarctic ice sheet.”

Thus, during prior interglacials, sea surface temperatures were up to 3 °C warmer, sea levels were up to 79 feet higher than the present, and up to all of the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets melted away. All of this occurred naturally and at “safe” levels of CO2. Thus, there is no evidence that climate change within the present interglacial is any different, unprecedented, unnatural, unusual, or due to man-made CO2.”

Antarctic Peninsula Cooling For 20 Years

Remember the Antarctic Peninsula … the small part of Antarctica that points towards Chile and is held up by the AGW cult as proof that Antarctica is warming.


Its been cooling for 20 years.

And of course there was weaseling:

Scientists were quick to declare the results of the Turner et al paper, which covered 1 per cent of the Antarctic continent, did not negate a long-term warming because of man-made climate change.

Rather, they said, the ozone hole, changing wind patterns and natural variability had masked the long-term warming trend.

And not just any weaseling. Preplanned coordinated weaseling.

Prior to the paper’s publication, science media organisations around the world were ready with quotes from climate scientists to ensure the Turner paper was not misinterpreted.

Misinterpreted? You mean ordinary people might get confused by claims of warming that were refuted by cooling?




JAXA versus MASIE versus NSIDC – Day 165 – 2016

Now that NSIDC is publishing data again I thought I would post two graphs comparing JAXA MASIE and NSIDC.

I’m doing it for Arctic and Antarctic (but MASIE has no Antarctic data)

Normally in the Arctic JAXA and NSIDC are very close only at the minimum … but now they are very close.

And in the Antarctic they might as well be doing just one they overlap so much.

Arctic Sea Ice - JAXA versus MASIE versus NSIDC 2015 2016

Antarctic Sea Ice - JAXA versus MASIE versus NSIDC 2015 2016


Nazis in Antarctica!

Its not every day you get to write that kind of headline. Nazis in Antarctica! Photos here.

At the beginning of 1939, a Nazi expedition explored a hitherto uncharted area of the Antarctic. By foot and plane, the Nazis surveyed an area between latitudes 69°10’ S and 76°30’ S and longitudes 11°30 W and 20°00’ E, totaling 600.000 sq. km. They called it Neuschwabenland, or New Swabia.

At first glance, Neuschwabenland doesn’t warrant much enthusiasm. Most of it is covered in eternal snow and ice, with only a few places ice-free, mainly around a few hot springs. Yet annexation was an express purpose of the expedition, led by captain Alfred Ritscher, ordered by Hermann Göring himself. Before leaving, the expedition members received practical advice from Richard E. Byrd, an American admiral and experienced polar explorer.

The German airline Lufthansa lent one of its ships, the ‘Schwabenland’ for the expedition – hence the name that was given to the territory. The vessel was a so-called ‘catapult ship’, having before proved itself as a transporter and postal carrier in the South Atlantic. The ‘Schwabenland’ had two Dornier aircraft on board, named Boreas and Passat. A steam catapult was used in flinging the planes, each weighing 10 tonnes, off the ship.

The planes were used for reconnaissance flights over the impassable hinterland of the heretofore unexplored part of Antarctica, and were thus instrumental in the German Antarctic Expedition. Each plane could stay in the air for a maximum of nine hours and no inland airfields were constructed, so this provided the outer limit for the area to be explored.

In total, 350.000 sq. km were overflown and more than 11.000 photographs taken during 15 flights. These pictures were used in drawing up a map of the territory. During the flights and expeditions on foot, hundreds of Nazi German flags were dropped to symbolize Germany’s possession of the territory. Additionally, the expedition established a provisory base camp and reported that around the so-called Schirmacher See there existed some vegetation, due to the hot springs near the lake.

Antarctic Birds Hold A Grudge

Not only do they hold a grudge, they try and get even.

The brown skua bird lives in Antarctica, which means it doesn’t frequently come into contact with humans. But when researchers from South Korea were stationed in the Antarctic to study the species, they found that despite having limited exposure to humans, the birds could readily determine which humans had gotten too close for comfort to their nest and eggs. And then, the skua would attack accordingly. The researchers describe this phenomena in the journal Animal Cognition.