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  •  Steve, this is a misleading statement... (2+ / 0-)
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    .... and will confuse even other scientists:

    "U.S. Geological Survey (US GS) scientists call the 965-kilometre swath extending from Cape Hatteras, N.C., to Boston a "hot spot" for climbing sea levels caused by a combination of global warming and changes in the structure and speed of ocean currents in the region."

    The SEA LEVEL is the same everywhere on the surface of the earth, with the exception of the slight bulge at the equator vs the poles due to the rotation of the earth.  And a further bulge superimposed by the moon, which we call.... the tides.

    It might be a hot spot for feeling the effects of sea level rise in America due to coastal development and geography of the land, BUT everyone on earth is going to be affected by the same sea level rise at the same time.

    Liquid water has a very small coefficient of expansion, and also highly incompressible, the effect of a few degrees of temperature increase in a localized area will not noticeably increase sea level. Gravity is 99.9999% responsible for the actual sea level, and gravity is...so far (we have enough trouble already)... uniform over the surface of the earth.

    The water in Boston Harbor or Norfolk or Charleston is... for the purpose of this argument... at the same level as in Manila harbor, or Tokyo Bay, or San Diego, or Naples, etc, etc.

    When "gubermint psyentists" make idiotic statements like that it is no wonder the Gomer Pyle's of America think they have zero credibility and climate change is a hoax.

    •  You don't know what you are talking about. (5+ / 0-)

      Even a cursory Google search will help you to understand that sea level is influenced by winds, currents. ocean oscillations and basin temperatures, as well as by tectonic processes.  The paper concerning the mid-Atlantic region was mainly about models that projected local effects due to a slowing Gulf Stream.

      Sea level rise or fall will most certainly not be uniform over the world's coastal regions.

      Where are we, now that we need us most?

      by Frank Knarf on Fri Jul 06, 2012 at 07:10:39 PM PDT

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    •  Wrong. Look up the physics of the Coriolis effect. (0+ / 0-)

      "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

      by rovertheoctopus on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 10:50:01 AM PDT

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