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Your Views: Melting ice will flood coastal areas, but is that a deal breaker?
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Thank you, editors of The Times, for publishing The Associated Press article “Antarctica’s retreating ice may transform Earth” in Saturday’s edition, Page 3D. What an understatement!

After reading the article about the work of Harvard geophysicist Jerry Mitrovica, I was compelled to study further: I read the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on land-based ice sheets and glaciers as related to future sea ice melting and resultant local coastal sea level rises and flooding. This report drove me to study data on the West Arctic Ice Sheet and the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Then I overlaid data about thermosteric meltwater, dynamic response to land-based rebound and gravitational pull with consideration for the variables of dynamic response, surface elevation and moisture availability. I made further revisions after reading about the event Meltwater Plus 1A.

Of course, like most others in the field, including Jerry Mitrovica, I revised the Eonian Maximum SL from 4-6 m to 6-8m. The result of my studies is this: Soon, given all the melting sheet ice due to gravitational pull and isostatic rebound, all life forms within 75 miles of Washington, D.C., will be extinguished by flood. Thank you, God.

Rick Frommer
Murrayville

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