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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Global Warming and the Archimedes Principle

You know you're in trouble with your theories when even your friends who believe in global warming think you're spewing nonsense. Take the view that the sea level rises when ice caps melt and the response from James O'Brien, Professor Emeritus at Florida State:

"When the Arctic Ocean ice melts, it never raises sea level because floating ice is floating ice, because it's displacing water," O'Brien said. "When the ice melts, sea level actually goes down.

"I call it a fourth grade science experiment. Take a glass, put some ice in it. Put water in it. Mark level where water is. Let it melt. After the ice melts, the sea level didn't go up in your glass of water. It's called the Archimedes Principle."

He called sea level changes a "major scare tactic used by the global warming people."

From Q&O Blog.