from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Alternative spelling of Antarctic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Opposite to the northern or arctic pole; relating to the southern pole or to the region near it, and applied especially to a circle, distant from the pole 23° 28′. Thus we say the antarctic pole, circle, ocean, region, current, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Opposite to the north or arctic pole; relating to the south pole or to the region near it: as, the antarctic pole, current, or ocean.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the region around the south pole: Antarctica and surrounding waters
- adj. at or near the south pole
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You may have heard that some of the “computer models” predicted increases in antarctic ice, but they predicted increased “interior ice” due to increased snow fall.
BUt hey, if one area in the centre of the antarctic is getting more snow … surely that must contradict the hundreds of others signals that global warming is real.
As anyone coapable of reading at even a third grade level could easily understand by doing nothing more exotic than actually reading — so obviously entirelyt beyond your ability to even imagine — citing a single report on the collapse of arctic sea ice cannot possibly be construed as denying that ice in the antarctic was also under discussion.
This is not a surprising phenomenon as such an increase would be the result of increasing percipitation and this is fully consistent with a warming world as the antarctic is a desert and warmer climates tend towards more percipitation.
When the weather got fine, we took a walk round the island as far as the ridge that bisected it would allow, finding the elevated ground clothed with thickly growing trees, principally a species of spruce fir called the antarctic beech, which runs to a height of some thirty or forty feet, with a girth of five or six feet.
All that said, these are the predictions for an atmosphere of 1000ppm, 3 times what we have now, and only after the antarctic ice melts nearly completely.
There is only a few places that this excess energy can go, outwards, and inwards into the permafrost, the floating ice, the greenland ice sheet, antarctic ice sheet, and into the deep cold oceans.
Editor's note: they are all experts with decades of experience in the arctic and antarctic and have done things like this before i.e. driving humvees over long stretches of frozen sea ice.
Since the antarctic rarely even gets close to freezing its understandable that warming would cause more snow fall.
According to NOAA GISS data winter temperatures in the antarctic have actually fallen by 1°F since 1957, with the coldest year being 2004.