Original Image from: http://www.iceagenow.com/Glacial_Maximum_World_Map.jpg. Click for a larger version.
OK, I’ve completely lost track of who pointed me at what where and when. I’ve been fighting DSL wars and swapping between 3 computers on 4 or 5 networks and, well, things get misplaced in the shuffle. (Right now, my DSL is completely dead. I hope it’s not an earthquake indicator…)
But, this map was in one of my ‘saved windows’. Someone pointed me at it some time or other.
I find it interesting on several counts.
Maybe An Ice Age Isn’t So Bad
First off, the ice doesn’t extend nearly as far into Asia and South America as I’d expected. It’s probably that USA Centric thing; but knowing that Canada got covered, I’d figured something similar would happen to Siberia (and maybe the rest of Russia) along with South America and New Zealand or South Australia being icy too. Not quite so…
Looking at this map (where I have no idea what it’s based upon…) we see that yes, we lose Canada. Heck, Sweden and Norway too. But really, that’s not all that many people in the grand scheme of things. In exchange, we get a giant chunk more Florida (where most of them want to move anyway) along with Argentina getting a lot more land (for all the Germans along with the odd Dane and maybe a few of the Scotsmen who don’t like the idea of Florida). Oh, and it looks like the Gulf of California may turn into a very nice long fertile valley. Just the thing for growing a lot of food. (What with the extra water in the Colorado River system we could even let some reach Mexico for a change… ) And just look at how much the Gulf of Mexico shallows up! We’d be able to drill all that “very deep water oil” with needing much more than a jack up rig!
It looks like we might lose Chicago, some of New York (if we’re lucky, most all of it ;-) and New England, but heck, they are a pain anyway. It looks like Texas and the whole gulf coast grow more than New England shrinks, and, frankly, the folks in Texas seem to have a better handle on reality anyway.
South East Asia and Indonesia merge into one giant mega lush area, and Australia joins with Papua New Guinea adding a boat load of land.
All in all a very ‘livable’ result.
Sadly, it looks like California doesn’t change much, so we’re still going to be getting plastered with debt. probably a few $Trillion by then. And with China gaining the South China Sea (and Taiwan…, they would like that…) we’d probably be expected to actually pay them back. I also note that with the ice sheet cutting off Alaska, but with the land bridge connecting it to Russia, we’d probably have to give it back to the Russians. Maybe we could trade it to them if they would pay off the Chinese for us? Oh and maybe then they could drill and pump the oil, then sell it to us… (Wonder where the Caribou end up? Looks to me like somewhere between Montana and Denver… That’s OK, all the Rabid Greens who live in Denver will gladly move out to make room for the new National Caribou Reserve in all of Colorado.)
On a positive note, it looks like the middle of Africa is more green in a wider band. Oh, and Greece has all those pointless little islands joining hands into a more decent chunk of land. Look! England gets to join the EU, no, for real this time! Land bridge, currency, and all!
It looks like sliding into a new Ice Age Glacial is not so bad after all. Yeah, some disruptions. But really, is it all that much more migration than what happened in the Irish Potato Famine or during the “Migration Era Pessimum” (AKA The Dark Ages) when folks like the Goths went all the way from the Steppes of Asia to North Africa. On foot, no less. Heck, now we could do it in a few months, by air.
Given that it takes about 100,000 years for all the ice to accumulate, the advancing Ice sheet moves about 800 feet a year, so we’d have plenty of time to adjust. Even if a 3 x burst happened, it’s only about 800 meters a year. Heck, I could walk that in one weekend without trying.
So, for all my worry about us being on a slow decent back into an ice age (which began about 6000 years ago, BTW) and even with it having been a bit of cold back in The Little Ice Age during the last down cycle of things, it’s really not all that bad. So we’ve had a bit of a warm run from that point (in the several hundred year cycle). So we’ve reached the point where it’s time to turn down again. So the sun has gone into a cold heartless funk and it’s snowing like crazy in Sweden, Norway, Scotland… No reason to panic.
Heck, we ought to just offer them all an option on some new Gulf Coast Land… What the heck, the Finns too. (And if they REALLY want to stay where it snows a lot, well, heck, maybe we could just give them Alaska and the Bering Land Bridge. They’re good with Russians and know how to work things out…)
All in all, it looks to me like there really isn’t all that much of a problem from The New Ice Age. Plenty of nice warm land created closer to the Equator to make up for all that frozen stuff up where it’s already too cold and frozen.
Me? I’m eyeing a nice little patch of Nouveaux Coastal Land down near Uruguay…