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taran
Monday, May 31st, 2004, 04:01 AM
Science is now considering the possibility that within our lifetimes the world could be swiftly plunged into a new ice age. Such a climactic shift would have profound effects, biological and otherwise, around the world. Vegetation patterns would be significantly altered. Political systems would be destabilized. Entire countries would cease to exist. An ice age would be the greatest crisis ever faced by modern civilization. Among others, one effect would be to make a "white haven" more possible.

The mainstream media continually warns us that the Earth is warming up. Extreme weather and rising seas will be the result of climate change. What, however, would it mean if the true direction of the climate were not towards global warming, but towards a new ice age?

Let's look at how an ice age might come about, and then at the political implications.

Researcher Robert Felix has concluded that, indeed, a new ice age is not only imminent, but is upon us now. He sets forth his conclusions in his book, "Not from Fire, But from Ice." (http://www.iceagenow.com/)

Felix's argument is that ice cores drawn from the ocean floor and Greenland indicate that the Earth experiences an ice age every 11,500 years. We are due for the next one.

Rather than slowly shifting into an ice age, the ice cores show that the climate shifts from a normal climate into a full-blown ice age within 20-30 years. Over the past decades, archaeological finds of woolly mammoths mummified when they were packed in ice standing up with undigested plant matter in their mouths suggest that extremely powerful ice storms are capable of burying whole areas in a short time frame.

While the Earth's surface temperature has been rising, Felix suggests that this is because ocean temperatures are rising. Especially interesting is the strange fact that temperatures of several thousand feet below the water line have heated up before ocean surface temperatures reach the same temperature levels. This suggests, Felix says, that man-made changes are not the cause of the rise in ocean temperatures. The discovery of undersea volcanic activity near Antarctica (http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/newsroom/pr.cfm?ni=98) and under the Arctic Ocean (http://www.mpg.de/english/illustrationsDocumentation/documentation/pressReleases/2003/pressRelease20030718/) could account for this "ocean warming," as Felix calls it, and the well-publicized cleaving of large ice chunks near both poles.

The upward or downward average direction of air temperatures over land is somewhat of a mixed bag. Air temperatures have increased (http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-04/nsfc-saa042204.php) over parts of land not covered in ice. Air temperatures over all land areas, however, have decreased (http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=2004).

Increased ocean temperatures result in increased rates of evaporation of water into the air as vapor. More water vapor in the air means more precipitation falling on land. In areas of land that are cooler--which includes land areas covered in ice--more precipitation is the same as more snow. Many glaciers have grown in recent years. In the event of an ice age, they would grow into huge ice sheets to cover much of North America, Europe, Asia, and mountainsides everywhere.

Additionally, should the Gulf Stream suddenly stop its conveyor belt activity of drawing warm water to Europe, the temperature of Europe could plunge to a level more in accord with its high northern latitude. The Gulf Stream has already shown signs of lethargic behavior.

The scenario for a relatively sudden onset into a new ice age is as follows. As ocean temperatures rise due to undersea volcanic activity, evaporation from oceans increases. With more water vapor in the atmosphere, more precipitation falls. Over icy areas, it falls in the form of snow. Glaciers grow. The Gulf Stream shuts off, and Europe cools even more. As Art Bell and Whitley Streiber argue in the book, "The Coming Global Super-Storm," a series of massive super-storms arise in which large amounts of water are quickly transferred from warm, wet oceans in the form of precipitation to the colder and colder land areas like northern Europe and elsewhere. Within a short period of time, gigantic ice sheets sit astride whole continents. The movie "The Day After Tomorrow" is a Hollywood version of this scenario, sped up even more for dramatic effect.

A new ice age would plunge the world into chaos and starvation. Much of the world's food is grown in areas that would be covered in year-round ice sheets in a new ice age. In temperate areas, massive outbursts of precipitation would result in catastrophic flooding. Assuming humanity survives the onset of the new ice age relatively intact, things would be quite different on the planet.

Past ice ages have tended to last several thousand years at a time. Hence, once a new equilibrium emerges, the new ice age can be counted on to last for a long time.

During past ice ages, the sea level was hundreds of feet lower than it is today. In the next ice age, what was once sea water will be contained in solid form in continental ice sheets. Areas that are currently coastal will become inland. A great amount of new land will be available. After it dries out it will be very fertile. It will also be right on the coast, convenient for ocean access.

While some have called for a "white haven" in one part of the world or another, in the event of an ice age, the most obvious area on which to build a new country would be the newly dry, unclaimed land on the coasts. Existing governments would try to control it, but international boundaries would not be immediately established. No doubt there will be legal chaos, if not outright war. There would certainly be a land rush, and the new legal owners will often be those who got there first.

In "Race, Evolution and Behavior," J. P. Rushton argues that white people evolved during an ice age to better adapt to the harsh climate and living conditions of the north in those times. Assuming Rushton is correct, in a new ice age white people would have a strong biological advantage in living near the glacial areas.

Assuming that an ice age does indeed quickly come into being within 20-30 years, northern countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK, Canada, Russia, and others will face enormous pressure to migrate their populations south. In fact, much of the land area of such countries may be swiftly covered in deep ice. Considering that these countries tend to be better armed than others, it is conceivable that war could be launched for the purpose of establishing new footholds for their populations. It is also conceivable that war could be launched by southern countries to prevent northern populations from moving south, even though successful military action would mean death for northerners on a massive scale.

On the other hand, permanently moving millions of people across the planet in a short period of time could prove highly difficult no matter the existence of war or peace, especially for Norway and Sweden. Without recourse to a southern land route, the only options to move their populations would be air travel and sea travel. Air travel cannot take many people at a time. Sea travel may be mostly restricted due to historically stormy seas at the outset of the new ice age. The only solution to save lives would be a combination of detailed planning ahead of time and prompt and decisive action when the moment arrives.

For Britain, the Chunnel may become a slim lifeline. For Iceland and Ireland, there may be little hope at all unless workable plans are made and executed.

Looking at a map of the last glacial maximum should should give a good idea (http://www.scotese.com/lastice.htm) of the potential for destruction.

Should we see the Earth enter a new ice age in coming decades, the world as we know it will cease to exist. A new world must inevitably emerge from the old. Prudence dictates that every person stay watchful of change that was once thought unthinkable.

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Awar
Monday, May 31st, 2004, 04:08 AM
Whoa!

Vojvoda
Monday, May 31st, 2004, 04:16 AM
Has anyone seen the movie "The day after tomorrow"?

bocian
Monday, May 31st, 2004, 04:19 AM
That would mean Canada would have to invade the U.S. :D

Northern Paladin
Saturday, June 5th, 2004, 02:36 AM
Wow...That just mean more Snowboarding for me...Also I hope the Freeze persuades Negroes to head South and leave the Colder climates to Whites.