“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” – Orange Hitler
As the Arctic warms and sea ice cover retreats, the erosion of permafrost coastlines is accelerating, scientists with NASA, the USGS and academic institutions say. In addition to the social and economic effects of receding Arctic shores, research published in the January edition of Nature Climate Change suggests that climate-driven coastal erosion may have a significant impact on Arctic marine life.
As a permafrost shoreline melts, blocks break off and slide into the sea, much like a glacier calving into a lake. Satellite imagery from LANDSAT shows that areas of Alaska’s North Slope have lost half a mile of permafrost to seaward over the past 50 years. On Herschel Island in the Canadian Arctic, the sea is now consuming more than a foot every week, says Dr. Michael Fritz, a researcher with the Alfred Wegener Institute’s Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. The earth masses removed in this process release nutrients and pollutants into shallow waters, and the consequences for marine in the coastal zone are virtually unknown, Fritz says. – Read on.