Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Mark Walker (
Date: Mon Jul 02 2001 - 05:12:29 MDT

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From: Spike Jones <>
> I looked it over and found it unconvincing. A sudden catastrophic
> cooling would be something we could deal with by scattering stuff
> on highly reflective surfaces to decrease the earth's albedo. An
> example might be something like those plastic balls they have in
> the kid's playground at McDonalds, baseball sized dark plasic balls.
> Im guessing they could be mass produced in large enough numbers
> to scatter on a snowy surface for instance to trap heat. spike
That is an ingenious idea. How much snow are you planning to have? Here in
Canada the McDonalds' versions of the balls would get covered very quickly
by more snow--assuming they weren't all blown away (or collected by kids and
returned to MacDonald's :)). Perhaps we might need something a little larger
and a different shape. (Perhaps, pyramid or cone shape to keep the snow
off). Many people in colder climes stand up black ABS pipes in their ponds
to help keep their ponds from freezing over--a variant on your idea. Mark.

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