No Warming On My Mountain

MOUNT SHASTA, Calif. —  Global warming is shrinking glaciers all over the world, but the seven tongues of ice creeping down Mount Shasta’s flanks are a rare exception: They are the only known glaciers in the continental U.S. that are growing.

Reaching more than 14,000 feet above sea level, Mount Shasta is one of the state’s tallest peaks, dominating the landscape of high plains and conifer forests in far Northern California.

Nearby Indian tribes referred to its glaciers as the footsteps made by the creator when he descended to Earth. Hikers flock to Shasta’s peak every summer to scale them.

With glaciers retreating in the Sierra Nevada, the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere in the Cascades, Mount Shasta — the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range — is actually benefiting from changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean.

“When people look at glaciers around the world, the majority of them are shrinking,” said Slawek Tulaczyk, an assistant professor of earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who led a team studying Shasta’s glaciers. “These glaciers seem to be benefiting from the warming ocean.”

Really? The oceans are actually cooling. Let’s see what else they may have gotten wrong.

Lonnie Thompson, a glacier expert at Ohio State University, has projected the storied snows at Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro might disappear by 2015.

You might want to look at THIS.

Although Mount Shasta’s glaciers are growing, researchers say the 4.7 billion cubic feet of ice on its flanks could be gone by 2100.

For the glaciers to remain their current size, Shasta would have to receive 20 percent more snowfall for every 1.8-degree Fahrenheit increase in temperature, Tulaczyk said.

Well now, since global warming stopped 10 years ago, that shouldn’t be a problem.

The Shasta glaciers have been advancing since the end of a drought in the early 20th century. The mountain’s smallest glaciers — named Konwakiton, Watkins and Mud Creek — have more than doubled in length since 1950.

Hikers seeking to cross Shasta’s glaciers — marked with crevasses as deep as 100 feet — say they are much larger than the boundaries drawn on geological maps.

“I noticed I was traveling down farther than the maps were showing it,” said Eric White, a U.S. Forest Service ranger who has climbed Shasta for 23 years.

Four glaciers at Washington’s Mount Rainier are staying about the same size. Those glaciers — shielded from the sun on the mountain’s north and east sides — have received just enough snow to keep them from shrinking.

Well they get that mostly right. How do you get Just Enough? Who measures that?

Here’s The Rest

Now here’s another theory. The Lemurians have lived in the mountain for 12,000 years, and like it just the way it is. You can read it Here
and Here.


9 Responses

  1. Oooooooh, Lemurians! The damn Atlantans got all the good press.

  2. Aint that a hoot? We’ve got our own little people living in the mountain. Actually, there are some strange happenings around Mt.Shasta. The Lenticular Clouds lead to a lot of speculation. When you’re near the mountain, the rotation really looks like a spaceship.

  3. Oooooh. UFOs are cool. If only the government could “capture” some and spirit them away with only an old coot around to witness it, you’d have a great tourist attraction in the area where the UFOs were captured.

  4. 😆 You’re a funny one Swamps!

  5. Why should New Mexico have a bigger kook tourist attraction than California?

    /Unless you count San Francisco and Berzerkely.

  6. /I try not to count them for anything, but this may be a exception.

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