Thursday, July 02, 2009

A thought experiment

If I fill a large cup with water to about 1/2" below the rim, then add a large ice cube to the cup so that the water is just below the rim.

Now, wait.

As the ice cube melts, will the cup overflow?

The vast majority of the Arctic and Antarctic Ice Sheets ARE on water. If they melt...the oceans won't rise.....right?

1 comment:

happyseaurchin said...

oh yeah...

i think the problem is with the ice melting on the land..
but good thinking