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Zach Jones February 16, 2011 GEOL 1122 – Homework Assignment Ritter – MW 5:30-6:45 In the article, “Don’t Confuse Weather, Climate”, David M. Bush, professor of geology at the University of West Georgia and Rob Young, professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina, are discussing the issue of the warming climate of the Earth. Although we have been experiencing some extremely frigid weather in the state of Georgia as of late, Bush and Young indicate, “What we just experienced was weather: short-term, day-to-day occurrences, major air masses from the North bringing arctic air to the normally more temperate South. Climate is the longer-term, bigger-picture setting.”(Bush) This shows us that globally, the climate is changing to a generally warmer climate. In return, this gradual change in temperature around the world is slowly melting the massive ice sheets and glaciers in the arctic region of the world. This melting of the ice is causing the sea level to rise at an increasing rate. “A tide gauge on a concrete, open-ocean pier in
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