"This Is Crazy" - Antarctic Supervolcano Is Melting The Ice-Caps From Within

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As we’ve pointed out, the supervolcano phenomenon is hardly unique to Yellowstone National Park, where a long dormant volcano with the potential to cause a devastating eruption has been rumbling since mid-summer, making some scientists uneasy.

Surprisingly active supervolcanos have been documented in Italy, North Korea and, now, Antarctica after scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) have found new evidence to support a theory that the breakup of Antarctic ice may be caused in part by a massive geothermal heat source, with output close to the scale of Yellowstone National Park.

Of course, if accurate, this theory would help rebut the notion that man-made climate change is in part responsible for the melting ice, Russia Today reports.

A geothermal heat source called a mantle plume, a hot stream of subterranean molten rock that rises through the Earth's crust, may explain the breathing effect visible on Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land and elsewhere along the massive ice sheet.

While the mantle plume is not a new discovery, the recent research indicates it may explain why the ice sheet collapsed in a previous era of rapid climate change 11,000 years ago, and why the sheet is breaking up so quickly now.

"I thought it was crazy. I didn't see how we could have that amount of heat and still have ice on top of it," said Hélène Seroussi of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Seroussi and Erik Ivins of JPL used the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM), a mathematical depiction of the physics of ice sheets developed by scientists at JPL and the University of California, Irvine. Seroussi then tweaked the ISSM to hunt for natural heat sources as well as meltwater deposits.

This warm water lubricates the ice sheet from below, allowing glaciers to slide off into the sea. Studying meltwater in western Antarctica may allow scientists to estimate how much ice will be lost in future.

During their initial work, Seroussi and Ivins created simulations using higher heat flows than 150 milliwatts per square meter, which did not align with their space-based readings, except for one area: The Ross Sea.



Their calculations showed that, in certain sections of the sea, a heat flow of at least 150-180 milliwatts was required to create sufficient meltwater flows that matched with observations. They now believe the mantle plume is responsible for these higher-than-average readings.

The Marie Byrd Land mantle plume formed 50 to 110 million years ago, predating the Western Antarctic ice sheet. The mantle plume theory was initially proposed 30 years ago, but it’s not the only theory. Another posits that the sheer weight of the ice sheets causes melting deep below the surface.

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RumpleShitzkin's picture

Deros, Ant People, Black Sun.

All kinds of shit in inner earth.
Circus down there. As above so below....

Mr Hankey's picture

You all better send your 40 joobux to the Church Of The Subgenius  if you want a seat on the flying saucer.HAIL BOB!!!

"Salvation guaranteed or triple your money back".

Baron von Bud's picture

We're about to fall into either a severe cold 20 year period or a prolonged Global Winter. The oceans have cooled the past two years and the air will follow. The Weather Service predicts a mild USA winter but the winters starting with this one will be colder than expected. Then it will get much worse with occasional warmer years. Within perhaps ten years from today, land at the latitude of Flagstaff, AZ and all the way north will be too cold for most agriculture. The solar cycles are well understood. Data on  low sunspot activity during a solar minimum is also highly correlated with increased earthquakes and volcanoes. A colder earth contracts. -- paraphrase of John Casey's book Upheaval. Co-authored by other scientists.

shovelhead's picture

Dilley says we're going back to winters in the N. Hemisphere that were like the 50-60's when it was damn cold.

TheAnswerIs42's picture

Check out Joe Bastardi's latest update. Extreme cold and snow for this winter.

The next 15 days in the North East will be a real doozy.

He doesn't think much of the US weather models...


Pvt Joker's picture

If that volcano blows , will all the stuff inside the Earth fall out?

just the tip's picture

at this point, it looks like the stuff on earth will fall in.  you know.  gravity.  pisser.

TalkToLind's picture

No, no, no!  Everyone knows that human hatred of polar bear cubs is melting that ice.  You goyim have seen our advertising campaigns, right?

TeaClipper's picture

Polar bear arctic, penguins antarctic. Get the basics right and everything will flow from there.

aloha_snakbar's picture

Methane hydrate releases, negative feedback loops... pretty soon the popcorn will be cookiking itself

Braverdave's picture

And I can grill pineapple slices on the sidewalk.



divide_by_zero's picture

This looks even more expensive to fix than that climate change bullshit

just the tip's picture

it's oklahoma's fault.  their fracking is what is causing this.

Ms No's picture

Check out what went down at Mammoth super volcano today @ 14:42.

Currently we have 8 days without sunspots during a historic solar cycle, so cosmic rays increasing.  It's looking like that definitely feeds the earthquakes and volcanoes in some fashion, probably electric.

Spotless Days
Current Stretch: 8 days
2017 total: 76 days (24%)
2016 total: 32 days (9%)
2015 total: 0 days (0%)

2014 total: 1 day (<1%)
2013 total: 0 days (0%)
2012 total: 0 days (0%)
2011 total: 2 days (<1%)
2010 total: 51 days (14%)
2009 total: 260 days (71%)

Updated 09 Nov 2017


Also this interesting article came out today about past magnetic anomalies.  They seem to be looking into such things a lot recently. 



Vimes's picture

How about that dark matter hunt? Found absolutely nothing, what a waste of resources! 

Now that the exploding star has been found, another main fantasy about the formation of the universe has ended.Those astro physicists  were working without any evidence at all and when it finally was technically possible to see and measure, they still clang to their old "theories " . I  am enjoying it now though. I will check out the Wendelstein project, German fusion project, they have been working on an upgrade after the last successful experiments. 

Ms No's picture

I honestly don't know anything about that.  Interesting though.

Braverdave's picture

Penguins is practically chickens.

Stay Frosty's picture

As I understand, the flux capacitor requires 1.21 gigawatts of energy necessary to make the time-jump (at 88mph acceleration).

Braverdave's picture

Is a flux capacitor anything like the illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator?

Cabreado's picture

"love seeing scientists dumbfounded."

"We do too. I have been that way my whole professional life."


now, let's Focus on rule of law, wherein science behaves well, absent of politics and control, as it should, per the true definition.

After all, corruption is the only thing that threatens "science."



Ms No's picture

You JUST KNOW that when a volcano finally goes off from all of this tectonic upheaval we have had the last ten years that the global warmists will STILL cling to their preposterous BS and claim that it is still real but it has become cold due to the damn volcano that went off, despite the fact it has already been cooling and they have been caught fabricating data continuously.  They will never give in on that shit.  If we had 20 feet of snow on the equator they would still be trying to start a panic over their globalist pet theory.


I Write Code's picture

How can a volcano be hot with all that ice on it?

I got it, must be a ton of CO2 down there, probably from dinosaurs driving around underground in Chevy Magma SUVs.  Have to get Elon Musk down there to drill some tunnels, maybe electrify the volcano so it's a green volcano.

Loves me modern global warming scienze.

buttmint's picture

...time to pull up and re-watch The X-File Movie---recall all that Antartica stuff and aliens thawing out?

They were onto something---light years ahead of Buzz et al!

Bastiat's picture

"I thought it was crazy. I didn't see how we could have that amount of heat and still have ice on top of it," said Hélène Seroussi of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.


WTF kind of ignorant drivel is that?   Maybe she should check out Iceland sometime.  Jeezus how do those choose these idiots to quote?

OneOfUs's picture

I don't know about how they choose which idiots to quote but I do know how they hire them - affirmative action

Bastiat's picture

I can't believe all the heat from Kilauea  hasn't boiled the Pacific dry.  Like whoa!  How is that even possible?  That shit is really hot! 

--JPL scientist

Dun_Dulind's picture

Isostatic depression over a mantle plume turns into isostatic rebound when the weight above is no longer in equilibrium.

Pop goes the weasel.

hanekhw's picture

All these volcanos and virgins are becoming as rare a a Confederate flag at at a Democrat rally. How will we propitiate the volcano gods?



Al Gore found a way to excavate a tunnel from under his home in Tennessee straight to Antarctica where he pumps a steady stream of bullshit that has been mistaken for a super volcano.

DaBard51's picture

Supervolcano has been around longer than ice melt has been observed.

But, we shall see.



When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Animal Mother's picture

The obvious answer that nobody is mentioning is the option of going to war against mantle plumes. Everyone loves moar war, and this is the perfect opportunity to expand the boundaries of moar war to include geological formations which interfere with our super-kick-ass way of life. Im willing to bet you a dozen Gaddafis that 100 or so nuclear weapons will permanently give this mantle plume terrorist a case of the shut the fuck ups. 

desertboy's picture

That's right - it's time we show the earth who's boss.  Since it's part of the war on terrorism, we can fund it without congressional approval.  

Bastiat's picture

As Dubya Bush used to say:  War on Terra!

Mr Hankey's picture

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Nunyadambizness's picture

So... what are you saying?


Mr Hankey's picture

Ifn we fight the tourist artik sooper volcanoz down dere we wunt have to fight dem here.

indio007's picture

Antiarctic is a distraction the Earth is flat

NormanConquest01's picture

What distracted you when you were learning to spell?

NormanConquest01's picture

What distracted you when you were learning to spell?

OutaTime43's picture

Only problem is that there is no supervolcano under Antactica. There may be a volcano , but likley not of that magnitude. 

Scornd's picture

man. they give anyone a biology degree these days.

Gobble D. Goop's picture

Al Gore on the Antarctic Super Volcano:

The science is settled people.  No discoveries of super volcanoes will ever change the fact that climate change is caused by rising CO2 levels caused by man's activities.

Please refer to my disciple Slack Jacks' post and heed the warnings.  In the meantime I propose a moratorium on all funded studies of vulcanism so we can divert the lucre, I mean capitol to more pertinant studies of manmade climate change.

Thank you for your blind devotion, without which the planet we all love would be doomed.  Doomed.  Doomed.

LawOfBass's picture

hopefully the global warming will wipe out all the killer bees from Mexico

Bernardo Gui's picture

I’d withhold judgement on this story until it appears in a source other than Russia Today, whatever the fuck that is

Mr Hankey's picture

Fuck yeah. USA TODAY & I'll believe it.

HushHushSweet's picture

The heating of the mantle is being done on purpose (I'm guessing by lasers) to upset the balance of the earth's interrelated ecosystems to create chaos and destruction, which must exist as a prerequisite for the age of the false messiah.

This news release is just another "ritual revealing" that must be done whenever a grievous crime has been committed against God's creation.


Nunyadambizness's picture

Hush now, Sweetie.  Go back to bed, this is only a dream....


Lasers.........really?   Are they on sharks by chance?  No, wait--they're mounted outside of Omaha.  Or was it Anchorage?  Africa, maybe?  Big giant lasers pointed to the center of the Earth to heat up the mantle, because we know EXACTLY how that will end up and where the resultant lava will flow out ot.  GENIUS!!  

Are you a Scientologist by chance?

shovelhead's picture

My Thetans are getting an ass beating.

OneOfUs's picture

Suddenly the insane idea of using directed energy beams via HAARP has been made even insanier.