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Edwin Alberts

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Has river silt ever been considered for the rising of the oceans?

Melting ice has been the focus of rising oceans - but has there been any consideration of the abount of material being sent by all the rivers of the world into the oceans and the subsequesnt rise of sea levels? If so, why is that not part of the conversation or is it of no significance?

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  • Jan 15 2013: "Has river silt ever been considered for the rising of the oceans?"

    Yes, but it's more or less constant compared to the rapidly melting ice, furthermore it's probably offset completely by plate tectonics.
  • Jan 16 2013: I was considering noting that there has always been silt, but John already did so. However the pidtures of melting ice and maps showing the loss of ice has always been what impressed me, but this is an intelligent and thoughtful question Edwin.