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  1. I've been waffling on the glaciation of the eastern Sierra or or Ireland for my next Pleistocene foray
  2. Upthread awhile back I mentioned the Norwegian ice patches with the prehistoric hunting blind and leather shoe, and the researchers were cutting a tunnel into thr ice mass at Juvfonne -- paper out with detailed results on dating the samples retrieved: http://www.the-cryosphere.net/11/17/2017/tc-11-17-2017-relations.html The upshot is, complex layering notwithstanding, the stratigraphy is preserved, and the oldest ice dated goes back to ~7500 cal BP. There may well be older ice. Neat things: in this pic there's the lightish grey margin around the ice patch -- the border with the darker terrain is its former maximum extent. The authors also outline where pre-LIA ice has been exposed by melting, vs. where accumulation is still mostly occurring
  3. Also it seems ALEK disappeared and the climate change subforum has become even more of a depressing dumpster than usual. Otherwise, whats the haps with you all?
  4. Now we await the next issue of Bergauf and the report from the ÖAV's glacier research section!!
  5. Its that time of year again folks! Time for the preliminary report on worldwide glacier mass balance via our old pals Mauri Pelto and the World Glacier Monitoring Service. http://blogs.agu.org/fromaglaciersperspective/2017/02/17/state-alpine-glaciers-2016-negative-37th-consecutive-year/ *drumroll*
  6. i think today will hit the threshhold of "too windy for fieldwork, dangerous for the instruments"
  7. November 2016 General Discussion

    Pissy drizzle on and off, maybe, maybe not, maybe more. Shouldn't be complaining for late November but wish it would settle on rain so I could cancel fieldwork and stay home
  8. 2016 Spring/Summer Banter, Complaint, Whining Thread

    Work ended hours ago and my whole body is still wracked with heat cramps. Looking forward to fall atm.
  9. 2016 Spring/Summer Banter, Complaint, Whining Thread

    I'll join him. This week looks like its shaping up to be a hell sauna
  10. This is just, its super cool. Via RTWL: http://washingtonlandscape.blogspot.com/2016/08/bjornstad-lake-sacajawea-flood-bar.html Ice age floodscapes. See link in the comments for the whole channel.
  11. 2016 Global Temperatures

    or so i'm told.
  12. 2016 Global Temperatures

    Or rather, score one for Fritz Haber and Norman Borlaug But overall the historical successes of post-Haber and post-GR ag are not, like, a cause for optimism. Insofar as we've had discussions in this subforum about the flaws and strengths of climate models that have stressed uncertainty, all that goes much more so for climate-crop scenarios which are mostly chained to projections we've all contested at various lengths (climate sensitivity, region specific impacts), and beyond that per Romano above, its not really clear what effects are going to reinforce or cancel each other out when we knock global temps outside the range of anything we've experienced since we came up with agriculture to begin with. Given all that, the IPCC ARs and related metastudies come up with something along the lines of "IF we (the grand collective pan-humanity capital-W We) pursue and adopt adaptation (the grand cooperative deeply transformative socioeconomic, cultural-political and scientific-ecological capital-A Adaptation) we MIGHT see modest increases in these-and-those staple crops, no-one knows what's going to happen with rice, and there's not a lot that can be done for corn at low latitudes. If we DON'T, or if we [email protected] it, then whhopsy doddle, its probably gonna be declines in yield all across the board, especially in lower latitudes" The uncertainty about regional impacts notwithstanding, what the capital-A Adaptation still probably means for countries and ag regions already sitting at the max temp for certain crops is, well, a lot of people are going to have to pack it in, pack it up, and move -- or radically reorient their economies to different kinds of land use. So observed climate change to date hasn't been by any means all bad for spanish grape growers, but its plausibly the case that by say 2050 its no longer going to be feasible to make wine in eastern Spain or southeastern France, or grow olives in the Levant. And, well, the exciting potential of finnish viticulture in the 21st century is not really a positive tradeoff or even neutral tradeoff, when you think about what the loss of those regional economies would imply. Edit by and by grapes are just the example I know a little bit about; real nightmares would be (already are, according to some) the near-total knockout of subsistence crops in already-stressed or failed states.
  13. I admit I didn't end up reading the paper with an eye towards taking an objective and unbiased view of the authors' evidence, analysis, and conclusions drawn therefrom because I got too distracted & excited by learning about why the Annunaki created humans to mine their gold. Apparently the Annunaki role in human origins is well recognized by Ralph Ellis' peers. One scholar, writing at theupliftingcrane dot blogspot dot com (see also his startling revelations concerning 9/11) notes: However, this leaves the question -- why, with their advanced technology, would the Annunaki need human slaves? Michael Tellinger, in the interview with The West Coast Truth posted above, explains that the answer is very simple. Human slaves *were* the technology, the tools used by a powerful but relatively small number of advanced hyper-beings to accomplish a labor-intensive task. Fascinating!
  14. Always a useful idea to glance at the authors and see how they & their work are situated in the scholarly discourse. Poking around with the ol' googler I see this paper and its interpretations regarding dust & albedo feedbacks have almost exclusively been discussed online at the communities represented by Watts Up With That, Jo Nova's website, and other forums of a more conspiracist inclination (see below). Michael Palmer appears to be a research biochemist with a background in pharmacology. As far as I saw glancing over his CV this is his only paper on climate. Ralph Ellis is listed as an independent unaffiliated researcher whose previous work focused on exploring esoteric mysteries. His work appears to generate appreciation among a certain subset of, shall we say, Bible history and Atlantis Theory enthusiasts. His interest in paleoclimate seems to be a recent departure from previous scholarly efforts such as Scota, Egyptian Queen of the Scots. See the excerpts from his website attached below.
  15. July 10-18 Severe Possibilities

    Glorious South Side picked up a nice light show, decent rain, wind came right around and temp dropped 10F (thank goodness), and we finished with a double rainbow.