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  1. #1 Study finds Arctic seabed afire with lava-spewing (and "huge volumes of CO2") 
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    The Arctic seabed is as explosive geologically as it is politically judging by the "fountains" of gas and molten lava that have been blasting out of underwater volcanoes near the North Pole.

    "Explosive volatile discharge has clearly been a widespread, and ongoing, process," according to an international team that sent unmanned probes to the strange fiery world beneath the Arctic ice.

    They returned with images and data showing that red-hot magma has been rising from deep inside the earth and blown the tops off dozens of submarine volcanoes, four kilometres below the ice. "Jets or fountains of material were probably blasted one, maybe even two, kilometres up into the water," says geophysicist Robert Sohn of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who led the expedition.

    Chunks of broken sea floor rock, or "talus ejecta" and large-grain pyroclastic deposits cover an outer slope of the Oden volcano on the seabed floor near the North Pole.

    He and his colleagues, who describe the underwater scene in the journal Nature today, estimate that exploding mixtures of lava and gas flew out of the volcanoes at speeds of more than 500 metres a second. When the material hit the frigid seawater, Sohn says it would have formed huge clouds that rained volcanic material down on the sea floor, creating the carpet of glassy shards and bits that can be seen for kilometres.

    The team explored the volcanoes last summer as the Russians were planting a flag on the nearby sea floor triggering an international flap over ownership of the seabed.

    Sohn said in an interview Wednesday that his crew of 30 researchers from the U.S., Europe and Japan chuckled over the "grandstanding" as the Russians rumbled by in their icebreakers. But they stayed focused on the intriguing spot on the Gakkel Ridge they had come to explore. The 1,800-kilometre-long ridge, which cuts across the Arctic from Greenland to Siberia, is in international waters. It is one of the planet's "spreading" ridges where molten rock rises up from inside the earth creating new crust.


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    It's great how there is no possible way tons of boiling lava could affect sea temperatures but a simple asphalt parking lot in your local mini-mall is ushering in Global Warming on planet-destroying scale.
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    Well this all has to be our fault some how.... I know, its all because I left the light on in the other room.
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    While we are fiddle f'ing around, the Russians are going claim the North Pole as their territorial rights for drilling oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lacarnut View Post
    While we are fiddle f'ing around, the Russians are going claim the North Pole as their territorial rights for drilling oil.
    I doubt it, but is there even any oil around active volcanic regions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jinxmchue View Post
    I doubt it, but is there even any oil around active volcanic regions?
    Don’t try to tell that to the folks on Sumatra and Kalimantan.;)
    At Coretta Scott King's funeral in early 2006, Ethel Kennedy, the widow of Robert Kennedy, leaned over to him and whispered, "The torch is being passed to you." "A chill went up my spine," Obama told an aide. (Newsweek)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It's great how there is no possible way tons of boiling lava could affect sea temperatures but a simple asphalt parking lot in your local mini-mall is ushering in Global Warming on planet-destroying scale.
    LibThink will get you every time ,next the Polar Bears will be wearing sunglasses !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    It's great how there is no possible way tons of boiling lava could affect sea temperatures but a simple asphalt parking lot in your local mini-mall is ushering in Global Warming on planet-destroying scale.
    It makes exactly as much sense as banning beach fires to help prevent global warming...while a thousand wildfires burn in California alone.
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    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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    Yes, adding to the problem always helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LogansPapa View Post
    Yes, adding to the problem always helps.
    Forest fire...thousands of acres of trees and underbrush burned...

    Beach fire...1/16th of one tree burned...

    BAN THE BEACH FIRES!!!!!!1!!!1!!!11!11 They're gonna kill us ALL!!!!!1!!1!!!!!111!1one




    But whatever you do, don't allow those evil loggers to cut back the old-growth trees! That is the wrong way to reduce forest fires!!
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    In actual dollars, President Obama’s $4.4 trillion in deficit spending in just three years is 37 percent higher than the previous record of $3.2 trillion (held by President George W. Bush) in deficit spending for an entire presidency. It’s no small feat to demolish an 8-year record in just 3 years.

    Under Obama’s own projections, interest payments on the debt are on course to triple from 2010 (his first budgetary year) to 2018, climbing from $196 billion to $685 billion annually.
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