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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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 Climate change destroying Alaska homes

The climate continues to warm:
In parts of Fairbanks, Alaska, houses and buildings lean at odd angles.

Some slump as if sliding downhill. Windows and doors inch closer and closer to the ground.

It is an architectural landscape that is becoming more familiar as the world's ice-rich permafrost gives way to thaw.

Water replaces ice and the ground subsides, taking the structures on top along with it.

Alaska is not the only region in a slump. The permafrost melt is accelerating throughout the world's cold regions, scientists reported at the recent Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco....

Scientists attribute the thaw to climate warming. As the air temperature warms, so does the frozen ground beneath it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Electro said...

Wow! it took a "scientist" to tell you that when the air warms the ground does too. That is just amazing to me. But then again I had that figured out as a small child in the spring when the snow left and the flowers came. For me I am happier with the "warmer" climate that has been warming at a relitively steady rate for the last 300 years and not to mention if we were still in that damn ice age of 10,000 years ago I wouldn't like Indianapolis quite as much. Plus as the ground warms in Alaska it will make it easier to get all that oil. My big hope is that L.A. and N.Y. City will just wash away. My big fear is that you will take this as seriously as you take the "global warming" fears.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Dan Willett, one cannot intuit science. Global climate change is a scientific fact, not an opinion. There is no debate. Perhaps you would be more successful if you stuck to fixing electrical sockets?

9:26 PM  

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