Re: If all the ice melted...

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 16:27:38 MDT

Spike Jones wrote:
> Furthermore, if we thought it over, there are ways of storing water
> inland on Antarctica, even in a runaway greenhouse scenario. Also
> we could cool the earth if necessary by artificially increasing the planet's
> albedo, again with plenty of time to react.

Moreover, the Caspian Sea provides us with a significant buffer zone to
pull our heads out of our butts if the Greenland Ice Cap actually
collapses catastropically as the 'sky is falling' nuts claim (and it
will collapse long before anything in Antarctica does). From my
calculations, filling the Caspian basin up to a level of 200 meters
above sea level (its surface is now at ~200 below sea level as I recall)
would reqire no dam construction to retain the water, and filling it to
that altitude would mitigate a minimum of 1.2 meters, to perhaps as much
as a full 2 meters of sea level in the rest of the world. How much
depends on how much the added water depresses the landscape.

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