North Carolina stands alone

Maybe I should say that North Carolina sinks alone. You see, according to a report published in the current issue of Geology, the ocean is rising in North Carolina. Here's a quote from the PR folk at University of Pennsylvania:
An international team of environmental scientists led by the University of Pennsylvania has shown that sea-level rise, at least in North Carolina, is accelerating.

Now sure, some of you are going to quibble, why would the ocean only rise in North Carolina? Well, I don't have a good answer to that. Maybe, and I'm just suggesting this, but maybe the PR person who wrote the press release graduated from a liberal arts program. LOL Not that I'm saying that there's not value in learning a little bit about everything and not much about any one subject area... but... wait, maybe I am.

Anyway, if you look at the actual article ("Timing and magnitude of recent accelerated sea-level rise") by Andrew Kemp, out of Andrew C. Parnell's lab, you'll see that while the measurements are made only on the NC coast, Kemp extrapolates that data to the entire coast. Only a PR flack would conclude that it's only NC that is sinking (relatively speaking).

Comments

jan said…
Sadly that is how so much that is printed and broadcast originates. But I guess it keeps us entertained.
Teresa said…
Everyone thinks California is going to sink into the ocean... California, Carolina... it's close!

Maybe all the tides are pointing towards North Carolina? Seems odd, but ecologically things have been weird. Hmmmm... I'll stay up here. The ocean has to take NJ before it can get me!
kenju said…
According to Edgar Cayce's readings, both coasts of the US will change radically at some point.

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