Retreat Of Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier Before 1903

“in the past fifty-three years the face of the glacier has retreated about eight miles.

Not only is it shorter than it formerly was, but its mass has otherwise been reduced to a very considerable extent. The surface of the glacier now lies  from 20 to 30 feet below its former level and the precipitous walls of rock that hem it in bear the record of this change of level.”

27 Jul 1903, Page 4 – The Tribune at

According to Michael Mann, this retreated occurred during the coldest 50 years on record.

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4 Responses to Retreat Of Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier Before 1903

  1. Eli the Pit Bull says:

    Another Michael, Michael Moore with the best “why people voted for Donald Trump” ad ever

  2. Peter Carroll says:

    Looks like Michael Mann really blew it (again). Then, that’s what happens when you fudge the figures to fit your fantasies.

  3. dm says:

    The explanation is elementary, my dear Tony;-}

    Cold air temperatures REDUCE precipitation and increase sublimation. The combination, in turn, causes glaciers to shrink.

    So, alarmism does explain everything. Cold causes glaciers to shrink. Warm also causes them to shrink, via melting.

    What conditions caused glaciers to grow? Next question!!!!

  4. Ulric Lyons says:

    Because the AMO was warmer during the Gleissberg solar minimum in the late 1800’s. Every other warm AMO phase is during a centennial solar minimum.

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