Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 06:53:47 MDT

zeb haradon wrote:
> >
> >Question: if all the ice on earth melted, how much would the seas rise?
> >spike
> Pour some water into a glass. Put some ice cubes into the glass. The ice
> cubes will be mostly submerged, but will stick out a little bit. Now fill
> the cup all the way up, so that it is up to the brim with water, and the
> tops of the ice cubes are sticking up over the brim. Now wait for the ice to
> melt. As the ice melts, how much water flows over the brim?
> This should give you your answer as far as the Arctic goes, since the ice is
> floating on the water.
> I'm not sure about the Antarctic.

Most of the ice above sea level is in the Antarctic. The only other
source of ice above sea level to any degree is Greenland's ice cap,
which would melt first and contribute 6-9 meters to sea levels.

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