According to the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC),
“Glaciers are made up of fallen snow, that over many years, compresses into large, thickened ice masses. Glaciers form when snow remains in one location long enough to transform into ice. What makes glaciers unique is their ability to move. Due to sheer mass, glaciers flow like very slow rivers.”
So, glaciers have the ability to move, ‘like very slow rivers.’ Keep that thought in the back of your mind as we go through this page.
For sake of time, we are only going to focus on one particular glacier, Exit Glacier, near Seward, Alaska, which is famous among climate alarmists.
Below is a photo of Exit Glacier. It shows a marker that says 1978, which was where the edge of the glacier supposedly was in 1978.
However, I am skeptical of the 1978 story, because, the glacier hasn’t changed much in size since 1985. Below is a GIF showing you the extent and mass of Exit Glacier over the years.
If you look at the animation, you can see that there has really been no change in the extent or mass of the glacier since 1985, which likely suggests that the 1978 marker is a too far away from where the edge likely was in 1978.
If you look closely, you can see that the right, top, and bottom sides of the glacier have not melted much since 1985. If you look at the left side of the glacier, however, you will notice the left side is getting smaller. This is because the glacier is moving into the sea, because the glacier is moving like a slow moving river, just as the NSIDC says glaciers naturally do.
If Exit Glacier was really melting as the experts claim, then it would literally be melting from all angles of the glacier, but there is only ONE side which is constantly changing.
It doesn’t look like Exit Glacier will be exiting any time soon.
However, glaciers weren’t always in a constant, steady state, like they are today. In 1903, glaciers were disappearing.
In 1907, glaciers were still disappearing.
In 1913, observations by scientists showed that glaciers were gradually disappearing.
In 1922, the Arctic Ocean was warming and glaciers were still melting.
The following year, scientists stated that Glacier National Park in Montana was melting at a rapid rate. They also predicted that the glacier would melt by 1948, which obviously didn’t happen since the glacier is still there.
The image below shows you what Glacier National Park looks like today. One of my friends went there two years ago. The glacier is surely not melting.
By 1925, Colorado’s glaciers apparently receded 40 feet in 22 years.
In 1927, scientists were wondering whether Glaciers would disappear altogether.
Glaciers were melting rapidly in 1932 and in 1939.
The one thing that people today can’t seem to realize, is the fact that glaciers recede as part of a natural global warming cycle and that glaciers grow during global cooling. It is simple science that anyone can understand. Blaming the melting of glaciers on your SUV is pseudoscience rather than actual science.
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What is A Glacier? | National Snow and Ice Data Center. (n.d.). Retreived from https://nsidc.org/cryosphere/glaciers/questions/what.html