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Antarctica’s Future

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Joe Hanson explains the above image:

A new topographical reconstruction of the land mass beneath Antarctica may, for the first time, let [geologists] glimpse into our possible future. A warm, frightening future.

The British Antarctic Survey created Bedmap2, a detailed map of the terrain beneath the icy sheets of the South Pole. The permanent ice on our polar continent is fluid, mobile, and sensitive to our changing climate. Understanding its relationship to the Earth beneath it is crucial to predicting whether of our warming planet allows it to maintain its solid form, or if some of it could wash away into rising seas.

An interactive version of the map is here.  Recent Dish on climate change here, here, and here.

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Author: Daniela

I was born in Croatia, at that time Yugoslavia. My family moved to the US when I was very young, but I still treasure the memories of my grandfather teaching me how to protect myself against the "evil eye," my grandmother shopping early every morning, at the open air market, to buy the freshest vegetables for the day's meals, and the traditions that were the underpinnings of our society. Someone once noted that "For all of us that want to move forward, there are a very few that want to keep the old methods of production, traditions and crafts alive." I am a fellow traveler with those who value the old traditions and folk wisdom. I believe the knowledge they possess can contribute significantly to our efforts to build a more sustainable world; one that values the individual over the corporation, conservation over growth and happiness over wealth.

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