Just when I thought I couldn't be surprised by yet another falling domino in the cascade of negative effects from global climate change… jolt. A study of Alaskan glaciers in the prestigious journal Nature finds that as glacial ice disappears, so does high-quality food from the marine foodweb.
Here's how it works:
The problem is that Alaskan glaciers are receding and disappearing in a warmer world. Therefore the input of this valuable food source is disappearing. What's at stake? Well, the glacial-fed rivers fringing the Gulf of Alaska discharge as much water as the Mississippi River into a marine system harboring the most productive salmon fishery in the world. For starters.
Poof. We figure it out and then it's gone. Another example of what I'm beginning to think of as the twisted quantum observer effect.