Post global warming realty alert—invest heavily in Antarctica

by JGordon on Mar. 02nd, 2009

A golden opportunity: A minimal investment now and we could be real estate moguls in about a hundred years! Also... wait. Who do we ask about buying Antarctica?
A golden opportunity: A minimal investment now and we could be real estate moguls in about a hundred years! Also... wait. Who do we ask about buying Antarctica?Courtesy Augneblinken
Don't tell me I'm not looking out for y'all's best interests, Buzzketeers.

I recently received a very secret tip, about some very secret mountains hiding under the antarctic ice.

Actually, nobody is totally surprised that there are mountains on Antarctica—these mountains under the glaciers were first discovered something like 50 years ago—but the region has only recently received detailed mapping with ground penetrating radar, and the mountains have been revealed to be very Alpine in nature. That is, they have high, sharp peaks, and deep, er... what's the opposite of sharp... not dull, but like the inverse of... whatever. The mountains have deep valleys. Sharply cleft valleys, we'll say.

It's interesting information because it tells us something about how these massive (about 2 miles thick!) slabs of ice formed: quickly. If the glaciers had formed slowly, the mountains would probably have been ground down do just about nothing by now. But that's not the case.

Perhaps more significantly, knowing more about the character of these glaciers can tell us something about how they might melt if Antarctic temperatures rise significantly with global warming. 2-mile-thick chunks of ice hold lots of water, enough to significantly change sea levels if it all became liquid.

And certainly most importantly is the investment opportunity this presents. I don't know much about real estate. Or the Alps. Or money. But don't people love the Alps? And spend lots of money to be around them, and slide down them on things? Something like that. So c'mon, kidz. Let's move on this! With all the coasts gone, people are going to be searching for new tourism destinations! These mountains could be ours!

Whatever. Check out the article.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool

posted on Thu, 03/05/2009 - 6:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is really cool!

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 4:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming is a hoax to get people worried. carry on as you are and don't worry about it.

posted on Sun, 03/08/2009 - 12:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming is really happening, but at the same time global cooling is happening. They are both happening, which is a problem because it is bassicaly a fight between 2 forces and instead of global cooling naturally happening, global warming will win and our planet Earth will become like Venus, unable to produce any life because it will be is a "burning planet".

posted on Sun, 03/15/2009 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Global warming is not a hoax!

posted on Sat, 04/04/2009 - 8:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It will be interesting to hear more about the geologic history of Antartica. We know it has ben very different in the past-at one point in a mild enough location for Dinosaurs to live there. Is this land actually for sale and who claims it as territory? Under who would we be governed?

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 9:58am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

No, I don't believe that Antarctica actually is for sale. The continent is sort of split up like a pie into different territories, and while various countries have laid claim to chunks of it, nobody really owns any of it. Everything is regulated by the Antarctic Treaty System.

However, to answer your second question, I propose that I govern it. The Treaty System could just cede control over the continent to me, and that would pretty much resolve any claim disputes between countries. The New Kingdom of Antarctica is just around the corner, friends.

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:29am
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penguin004 says:

antartica should just be for the penguins

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:45am
shanai's picture
shanai says:

Actually, very few land animals can survive on what little (very rocky) land is exposed on the continent, though lots and lots of things live in the surrounding sea. Even penguins spend most of their time in the water, and if they were alone, would be very very hungry!

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 12:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I feel very bad for the polor bears that may not live because of globlel warming and I guess thats how it's supposto be!

posted on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 4:39pm
shanai's picture
shanai says:

It makes me sad too to think of all of the polar bears and plants and human beings that will be affected by global warming, but we don't have to resign ourselves to the belief that this is just how it has to be. Researchers around the world are working to better understand climate change and the impacts it will have on ecosystems around the world, in hopes that there will be solutions to the problems we face now and in the future. One thing you can do is support this ongoing research. It can be as simple as talking to friends and family about why science is important, and what global warming means.

Many people are also taking part in activities aimed at raising awareness of global warming and curbing carbon emissions on a larger scale. If you are interested, you might find the following websites useful:

International Polar Year

Global Warming 101

Focus the Nation

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 12:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am sad that tere are so many animals becoming extinct in the Artic cause of global warming. Like when you see those commercials on polar bears dieing because of global warming, it makes me so sad. I wish that they wouldn't show those commercial, but it is good that they do so we know whtat is happening, but some people don't even care.

posted on Sat, 03/14/2009 - 6:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why do so many other scienctis say global warming isn't true? it is just the normal warming and cooling of the earth.

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 10:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

No i do not think that it is the normal cooling of the earth, i think that it is all of the sudden pollution that people have been doing

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 1:08pm
shanai's picture
shanai says:

There are very few scientists who work in areas related to climate that would say global warming is not true. In fact, the scientific community as a whole has reached what is known as "scientific consensus" on the reality and cause of global warming.

The vast majority of climate researchers will tell you that not only is global warming "true," but it is caused by humans.

You can read a brief summary of the reports and statements given by the scientific community here.

What might have you confused is the way that politicians, journalists and corporate spokespeople talk about global warming. Often they will say that scientists disagree about the reality of global warming, but if you look at the facts, this is just not the case.

Scientists do agree, even if politicians and news stations do not.

A good question to ask is who do you think knows more about climate change - a news reporter who is trying to get people to watch his newscast, or a researcher who has compiled evidence and checked it against the evidence of her peers?

posted on Mon, 03/16/2009 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah.. its real. i mean, its OUR fault these poor animls are dieing ! we could of prevented it but not its pretty much too late. its sad to think about. the ozone layer is already messed up. really, GO GREEN ! recycle and stuff ! get a hold on helping out earth !

posted on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 4:02pm

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