In 1977 the worst winter in a century struck the United States arctic cold gripped the Midwest for weeks on end, Great Blizzard paralyzed cities in the Northeast. One desperate night in Buffalo eight people froze to death in maroon cars, Hat Bushnell was on the road that night. The brutal buffalo winter might become common all over the United States, climate experts believe the next Ice age is on its way according to recent evidence could come sooner than anyone had expected.
Of the nine planets in our solar system only the earth has conditions favorable to human life, our existence depends on a delicate balance of climate. Despite our modern technology we are vulnerable to the winds and weather of our environment, blackening lingerie of the earth’s surface great strong majors most frightening events. Uncontrollable tempest make us aware how fragile life on our planet really is, the comfortable cycle of spring sowing summer growth from fall harvest is not in terms of a long history abnormal.
Only in the last ten thousand years has earth enjoyed continue wealth because of this our population has exploded to 5 billion people, the most of the last million years however, whole continents were buried by ice. As recently as eighteen thousand years ago a mile fiction stretched down from the Arctic Circle and covered what is now Seattle, Chicago, and Boston.
New York Harbor was choked with ice floes winters were cold and snowy down to the Jalpa Mexico, all that remains of a great glacier is that once covered North America on the ice caps in the Canadian Arctic. If the ice spreads over the continent again, it is here back in island in Northern Canada the mysterious process will begin, we look to this lonely outpost for warnings of a new ice age.
Straddling the Arctic Circle Baffin island as a harshly beautiful wilderness, it is larger than California but not one tree grows on the entire island. The only vegetation is the standard plant life the tundra most of the inhabitants are inuit eskimos whose ancestors migrated west from Greenland a thousand years ago.
Today the island is poised on the brink a by ice age conditions a critical signal post-purchase changes in the Earth’s climate according to geologists, the last major ice age began on Baffin Island 115,000 years ago perpetual snow spread southward over the continent’s. The wait of many years of snow compressed into ice the ice grow thicker, until it covered Canada the northern United States and Europe to adapt the two miles, for one hundred thousand years the ice remained over large areas of the continents.
Then it retreated to the Arctic and to the last ten thousand years we have flourished in a warm interglacial period our planet is crowded, what will we do when the fragile balance of climate shift from today’s abnormal wrong, and the next ice age begin?
Doctor Gifford Miller is a glaciologist from the University of Colorado. He is been studying the climate and glaciers are baffin island for the past six years.
“For the last 3,000 years the summer temperatures have been getting colder and the amount of precipitation rainfall and snowfall has decreased, so that the condition to bring drier and colder. And at the same time, the glaciers have expanded and the most recent expansion which occurred between 300 years ago an attorney present century glaciers attain their most extensive positions that they had during a last eight thousand-years.
Summer of 1972 is one of the most severe summers on record the ice never melt to that summer when I returning to brown Island wanted a local settlement here talking to people and may could only tell me that their father had told them at a time the ice had gone out,” said Doctor Miller.
This once in a lifetime summer ice has surprised all-time Arctic residence Ernie Sea breeze superintendent the Baffin Island National Park and has lived in the Arctic for over 20 years, Since concern for our with a has increased the park warden is now take daily records of temperatures wind and solar radiation. Weather down there from stations all over the Arctic is collected and fed into central computers, balloons are launched every day to monitor the winds and temperatures and high altitude.
But downer shows that average temperatures in the Arctic have fallen dramatically over the last 30 years, in most locations the drop has been about two degrees centigrade at that grade the center ice age temperatures could take less than 200 years. It is not only the lonely Arctic that is cool the whole northern hemisphere is growing steadily corner.