(07-11-2012 02:41 PM)Diablo666 Wrote:
(02-11-2012 01:22 PM)TheBeardedDude Wrote: Because water volume isn't the only thing changing.
The ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica have enough mass to attract water to them, meaning sea level is exaggerated by being higher than it should when there are ice sheets there. So, the ice melts, the mass is redistributed, and sea level drops.
On top of that, the mass weighs down Greenland and Antarctica, so the continents will isostatically rebound as the ice is shed off, causing uplift and further sea level drop.
That mass has to go somewhere too, so as it enters the ocean basins it will weigh them down. This causes the basins to deepen and dampens the effect of sea level change, resulting in lower than average rises in some areas but continued sea level drop near the ice sheets.
So yea, differential sea level change.
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