Sea Level Rise and the Loss of Shipping Ports

Thwaites Glacier is approximately the size of Florida and has been discovered to have an enormous melt cavity, contributing to a significant portion of sea level rise. The huge hole measuring almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall, already the size of Manhattan, and has been found to be growing at an “explosive rate” at the bottom of a glacier in West Antarctica, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in a statement made Wednesday.

Thwaites holds enough ice to raise the world’s oceans a little over 2 feet (65 centimeters) and backstops neighboring glaciers that would raise sea levels an additional 8 feet (2.4 meters) if all the ice were lost. This amount alone, from just this one glacier would have a huge impact upon the world’s sea ports and low-lying coastal cities.

Totten glacier in Antarctica is also melting and exhibits a huge cavity – on the other side of Antarctica. Ocean heat drives rapid basal melt of the Totten Ice Shelf. The Totten glacier has the potential to unleash as much total sea-level rise as the entire West Antarctic ice sheet, or more.

Nothing is going to change the outcome of these glaciers now, or anywhere else in the world where the ice is melting (everywhere). It’s impossible to cool the world’s oceans on any kind of a time-scale that humans can grapple with.

When either of these glaciers “go”, they will lead to unstoppable sea level rise as additional ice reaches the ocean.

It doesn’t stop there down south. Remember the Larsen iceberg? This enormous chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke off and is now stuck. It’s been battering the Bawden ice rise and may cause a “scaffolding collapse” of an even bigger chunk of ice, the Larsen ice shelf. However, the real threat (for now) is still Greenland which has exhibited an enormous amount of ice loss already. 500 km3 (500 cubic kilometers) of ice is lost to melt each year (75% Greenland / 25% W. Antarctica) with this figure rising every year.

We tend to think of sea level rise as being like water in a bathtub – who cares if it’s a few inches deeper? But we’re overlooking something critically important. One inch of sea level rise can equate to as much as 4 additional feet of storm surge in a major hurricane. But it doesn’t even have to be a major hurricane to have a huge impact upon coastal regions, any storm will do.

What this means is all low-lying coastal regions are now at greater and greater risk. An enormous amount of infrastructure is destined to be destroyed and flooded out. That would include many of the world’s sea ports (not just cities and towns), which handle 95% of the U.S. international trade.

In total, there are 196 countries with more than 4,764 ports that will be affected by sea level rise. Not one sea port in the world is prepared for extreme sea level rise.

In total, should all the world’s ice melt, we’re talking about a level of inundation that absolutely boggles the mind. And if it were to happen – civilization would certainly end.

You can read that total as well as I can. If you want to play around online with some maps and sea level rise projections, you can do that too. But what I want you and everyone else to consider is what sea level rise is really going to mean.

Eventually, global shipping will cease. Global trade will cease. Global starvation will ensue – or in reality, have long since already occurred. When global economics collapse, long before sea level rise is as bad as this table portrays should all the ice melt, civilization itself will have ceased to exist because we will no longer be able to feed ourselves. Nor will we obtain critical parts and essential supplies for our solar panels, cell phones, transformers and a zillion other things we depend on.

The amount of atmospheric water vapor will also increase dramatically, exhibiting itself with truly biblical extreme rainfalls and snow. We’re already starting to see these events now, but they only promise to worsen going forward. That’s another thing we cannot do anything about – remove the increasing atmospheric moisture. This poses to unleash horrific storms, hurricanes, cyclones and extreme weather events like we have never ever seen.

Along with all of the flooding, there will be landslides and subsidence of soil surfaces and coastal “sinking”. Entire towns and villages will be wiped out. Critical infrastructure will be severely damaged and the economic costs will eventually reach into the trillions of dollars.

I’ve been warning about this for a long time. We cannot replace the missing ice. It’s just not technically or humanly possible. Because we have grossly disturbed the Earth’s energy balance, we’ve triggered unstoppable warming which in turn has created unstoppable ice melt, which will lead to civilization’s collapse (if it doesn’t happen sooner, which I think it will).

We don’t need to wait for several hundred feet of sea level rise to experience catastrophic problems either. Just 2 ft should do it. So if you think that you’ve got “time” to spare, consider what it is going to mean as those enormous glaciers break-apart unleashing hell on Earth.

This issue does not seem to be penetrating to the American public or most of my readership. However, it’s not unknown to the U.S. military as I’ve recently discovered. Many of the global machinations now unfolding are predicated upon this unfolding reality.

Any “adaption” to this scenario is going to be brutally difficult. You’re not going to find much within the public domain that actually discusses the nuts-and-bolts of this.

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