Friday, March 26, 2010

If New Moore island appeared 50 years ago and got bigger, doesn’t that mean that that sea level dropped ?

News Report from A.P. recently hit the headlines, and as usual merged it with Global Warming.- (Oh no not again !)
"New Moore Island in the Sunderbans has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor at Jadavpur University in Calcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed by satellite imagery and sea patrols, he said. “What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,” said Hazra.
If only Mother Nature could solve all our border disputes so peacefully.

Now, this claim that global warming induced sea level rise has submerged the island, does not make sense, nor stand to reason. Its a bad try to boost the GW factor again, after a mighty fall !
Temporary estuary islands and sandbars appear and disappear all the time worldwide. Sometimes it can take a few years, sometimes a few centuries. Most of the area near South Talpatti Island is only 1-3 meters above sea level anyway, which means that such low lying islands made of mud and sand are prone to the whims of tide and currents and weather.
Low lying islands are modified by nature on a regular basis.
In fact, NOAA’s nearest tide gauge, at Vizag, shows sea level rising in that region at 0.54 mm / year, which means that would take nearly 2000 years for sea level to rise one meter.
Sea level rises and/or land subsides, estuary flows change, and sandbars appear and disappear. In this case of a tiny sandbar/island near the Ganges/ Brahmaputra delta, it has nothing to do with global warming.
So in a choice between a sand bar in a river being washed away or the sea, presumably very, very locally, having suddenly risen over six feet, alarmists want us to believe the latter. Correct?
It’s probably been washed away by the deluge of Himalayan glacier water as 2035 fast approaches :)

And looking further back in time, islands have disappeared before: A pic from the from the Sarasota Herald - May 29, 1937.
Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 metres (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old.
The vast city – which is five miles long and two miles wide – is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years
How much co2 were they discharging 9,000 years ago?

Its an April Fools joke played early.

1 comment:

Jiggy said...

Many other publications have sensationalised this:

The Telegraph talks about an island in danger in the South Pacific:

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They have mentioned even Dubai to be in danger! As far as my knowledge goes, it isn't an island.

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