Monday, March 8, 2010

WSJ: Frozen sea-floor?

Chicago Monday AM 8 March 2010

Editors, Wall Street Journal


The Wall Street Journal article “Arctic Site Is Oozing Methane” of Friday, March 5, refers to “the frozen seafloor of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf.” A Friday, Jan 2, 2009 Journal article “The Warming Earth Blows Hot, Cold and Chaotic” had a similar reference: “... formerly frozen seafloor... along the Siberian coast.”

Wouldn't the normal Wall Street Journal reader interpret 'seafloor' as that part of the Earth's surface (70%) under water? And since water becomes less dense when it freezes, the resulting ice floats to the top. A widely available reference [World Almanac] says “The Temperature inside the earth increases about 1° F with every 100 to 200 feet in depth, in the upper 100 km of earth....”

So how can any 'seafloor' ever be, or have been, 'frozen'?

Is this 'problem' another result, like 'global warming/climate change' of one of those IPCC/East Anglia U. overnite pajama party sleepovers?

Arnold H Nelson

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