So Antarctica is the 5th largest continent of 7 in the world.
It is 5.4 million square miles, and it is larger than both Europe and Australia.
But it has only a temporary population of 5,000 people, mainly researchers.
About 70% of the world's fresh water is held in the Antarctic ice sheet, which is 90% of all the world's ice.
And the ice there extends 7,000 feet thick.
If all the ice would melt, the global sea levels would rise 2,000 feet!
Despite 95% of models over the last 30 years predicting the ice sheet melting due to global warming, it actually continues to expand.
It's a paradox for the science community, but one of the explanations is that as ice shelves break off, they actually forms a protective barrier for the new ice being formed along the main ice landmass.
Even with global warming, the average temperature in Antarctica is still -35 degrees Fahrenheit, and most parts never get above freezing.
So here's an idea--rather than fear global warming, is there an opportunity to use it and advance it, if only we can channel the effects of it for the good of humanity.
The Antarctic Treaty System prevents nuclear weapons explosion there, but wouldn't that be a cool way to melt some ice and get some fresh drinking water for this thirsty planet or even to somehow move to MARS for colonization there?
Also, we could place solar mirrors in space to redirect sunlight to melt the ice--that's either some probably some pretty big mirrors or the dispersion ray of a space laser(s).
The key now is to get the water to where you want it to go and not to destroy by massive flood our worldwide seaboard cities--and that's where a mass molecular transporter comes along.
There is still much to discover and invent, but when it's done, I think we will definitely be heading to Mars and beyond.
Really, we have to, there is no other long-term survival choice for humankind.
And perhaps, G-d placed the survival pod for us right under our feet at literally, the southern most point of the world, Antarctica! ;-)
(Source Photo: here via Wikipedia)