Re: World is 10 deg chillier: storing water in antarctica

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Fri Jan 26 2001 - 16:04:11 MST

> > Spike writes: could we not pump sea water inland on
> > > Antarctica and spew it into the sky on a cold dark summer day?

"Eliezer S. Yudkowsky" wrote:

> I don't see why you're worrying about global warming when all that extra
> heat will obviously evaporate enough water to keep the sea level from
> rising.

Har. Hey, you do have a point, tho. 4E14 cubic meters of
water, were it to freeze, would liberate a helllll of a lotta
heat. Lets see, heat of fusion of water, 80 cal/gram if
I recall my high school chemistry. So the whole project
liberates 3E16 cal, which is in itself enough to raise the
temperature of the ocean... about 0.016 C, not counting
the energy used to lift it all. Of course some of it would
evaporate, absorbing some of the heat.

I think I figured before: 1000 megawatt powerplants running
7-24-52 for 127 years. That in itself would produce quite
a bit of waste heat. Hey, that might be enough all by
itself to warm this place to a livable temperature.

It might be obvious that this whole thread was started
by a Californian on a chilly winter day, as he longs
for that soon coming glorious summer. spike

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