Western Canada’s ice age melt offers preview for modern climate change

The ice sheet that covered much of Western Canada at the end of the last ice age melted earlier and more quickly than scientists thought, a new study suggests. The findings bolster evidence that the melting of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet could have boosted sea levels by up to three metres.

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  • simus1

    The baloneyum and cautious weasel words are also reaching high levels in this weekly flyer from the Commie Bullshit Commune.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Someone has got their inferometer out again to measure things…

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/03/17/beryllium-10-and-climate/

  • Hard Little Machine

    Statements like “Faster than expected” trouble me. It should be ‘faster than historical data trends’ should be the target.

  • canminuteman

    I woke up to snow this morning. This is the earliest I remember having snow in this neck of the woods. It will likely be gone by afternoon since the ground hasn’t frozen yet, but it will be below zero all day.

    • Linda1000

      I have been told twice already that there are/were a lot berries left on the trees and bushes this fall so that means a long cold winter. The birds left early?

      • canminuteman

        What strikes me as odd this fall is that most of the leaves are still on the trees. My wife suggests that it is because we had such a wet summer that the trees are well hydrated and the leaves haven’t dried out yet We just got back from taking the dog for her morning walk – I’m off work this week – and it is -9 out, this is what we normally get in January.

        • Jaedo Drax

          Last night, had barely any leaves down, this morning, the lawn is covered with them, along with 1/2 cm of global warming.

      • Exile1981

        We got 2hrs of rain then 7 inches of snow at my place. Made streets ‘fun’ this morning.

        • Linda1000

          We only had snow, maybe one or two inches early Friday am. It’s partially melted already. I have never seen it so dry in Calgary as we have only had maybe five days of light moisture since the beginning of August, the last two light snowfall.

          • Exile1981

            I had a meeting in Calgary today. I noticed the snow fall on the highway got less as i drove in.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Western Canada, where I am, had a huge dump of snow in September, while the leaves were still on the trees. It’s just early November now and the snow is very deep. Shoveled another inch of so called global warming away this morning.
      Bunch of degenerate, money grubbing liars are these people promoting climate change.
      Honey, the climate on earth is SELDOM if ever static!

  • CodexCoder

    The key word in the article displayed above is “COULD”. That is a statement of speculation, not certainty: a theory, not proof. They cannot say “DID” as in “did boost sea levels by up to three meters” because they don’t have proof, just a theory. This is no different than daily weather forecasts which predict a possibility of precipitation, not a certainty and aren’t accurate.

  • Millie_Woods

    Research and studies into the past show that we need higher taxes and more government regulation. If we had known that back then we could still be enjoying the ice age.

  • bob e

    Ice sheet pretty to look at eh ..

    • Bla Bla

      I thought all the ice was to disappear five years ago! the algorical said so!

  • mauser 98
    • DaninVan

      Love it!
      (The poster, not the hemorrhoids)

  • Bla Bla

    There is that word again – ‘scientist’. Those ass clowns either don’t care or are totally oblivious of the damage that ‘climate science’ has done to the cause of real science. To those with a brain, ‘climate science’ has as much credibility as Lysenko’s stalinst biology, or the nazi’s use of phrenology to define how unhuman Jews were. One day, these prostitutes of the politicized science world will hang their heads in shame (if they are capable) at what they have done to the world of science.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I wonder what ocean levels were like before the last ice age began.

    • Tooth&Claw

      They never say, do they.

    • Frances

      Probably quite high, then lowered as the forming glaciers began to bind the water. It was about that time we see the emergence of hominids, etc. After the last ice age, the comparatively rapid melt set ocean levels rising almost catastrophically for coastal communities – hence the flood narratives common to many different groups.

  • Allan

    So what causes the Earth to warm and melt all that glacier ice? Must have been all those primitive Homo Sapiens burning their camp fires and releasing CO2 into the air.

    • ntt1

      one theory is that our solar system bobs up and down through the galactic orbital plane, these oscillation are thought to be about 26 million years apart, a time frame that loosely fits ice ages and cometary bombardment.

  • Frances

    “…covered much of Western Canada…” – this article talks specificially of the Cordilleran ice sheet which covered much of British Columbia and did indeed melt directly into the Pacific Ocean. But the rest of Western Canada – a much larger area – was also covered by ice which resulted in Lake Agassiz, the draining of which raised sea levels drastically as far away as the Mediterranean and led to various stories of epic floods (think Noah).

    • ntt1

      i read that lake Winnipeg is just one of the remaining “puddles “after Agassiz drained. I have driven Through the Scab lands of eastern Washington state , when you see the massive dry canyons and scoured landscape its quite a persuasive demonstration that this was one of the main drain routes.

  • ntt1

    there is a good documentary on the scab lands of northeastern Washington state, a new theory claims that the scoured stripped lands were washed out by a massive thousand foot deep flash flood that lasted for months as the cordilleran sheet collapsed. and that it recurred for considerable time. the Cordilleran Ice Sheet is long gone ,it was massive and covered most of todays Canada.Without its melting there could be no Winnipeg. it must have had an extreme effect but this weepy missive from the cbc draws a direct parallel with the Greenland ice cap which is tiny in comparison to the cordilleran. But then this is the same collection of menopausal harpies who really really wanted justin in as Prime Minister.