Imagine that there was a massive, and I mean enormous, series of dams constructed along the Bering Strait, cutting the Arctic Ocean off from the Pacific Ocean, and also along all waterways that presently connect the Arctic to the Atlantic Ocean (the Fram and Davis Straits are the two, I think), and somehow or another (hypothetically of course), there were massive solar reflectors constructed above the North pole that concentrated sunlight to accelerate the evaporation of the Arctic Ocean so that it would evaporate away (with the dams being constructed along the Bering, Fram, and Davis straits preventing the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, respectively, from replenishing/refilling the Arctic Basin), over some long period of time…
Whereupon our hypothetical distant descendants would blow up the dam at the Fram Strait (really, any one, or all of them…), destroying it in its entirety, thus allowing the waters of one or both of the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans to burst through the channel thus created, the channel being created as wide/deep as the actual channels existing right now (in other words, the inflow of oceanic water into the Arctic Basin will be guaranteed to be massive in magnitude). Assume the flood would occur over a period of 1 month, from beginning to end, meaning a refilling of the Arctic Basin from its empty state to its present state, with it being filled by the Ocean as it exists today.
What do you believe will be the consequences of such a “flood,” in addition to and other than, of course, a large amount of ocean water being redistributed from the world oceans at large into a region where there was “previously” no water (meaning the Arctic Basin - there being no water in it because of the damming and evaporation by solar reflectors).
Specifically, do you believe this mass redistribution toward the poles would lead to instability of the Earth’s rotational axis as a whole, or rather would result in “just” moving a large amount of water? In other words, is this movement of ocean water, significant enough to lead to global disturbances in the Earth’s dynamical properties? If such a “flood” were to commence in a year and again complete it’s course in a month’s time, (with the conditions needed to make the flood having been established in the past, rather than as I have described previously as a hypothetical [of course, the supposition that the flood were to happen in a year is also another hypothetical…=p], and you were given due warning to relocate you, your family & friends, to anywhere in the United States as it presently is defined, would you be worried about your and loved ones’ survival, or would you, rather, be unconcerned, as it’s “just a flood happening in the Arctic, not in America,” (or some other reason).
Thanks for your replies. As for myself, I’d still be praying, and panicking, for fear of the Arctic Ocean’s flooding triggering an even larger disturbance of the Earth’s rotational equilibrium.
This article and the linked image indicates that this hypothetical scenario may have occurred in the distant past…but almost certainly on a gradual “trickle down” scale.http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.newscientist.com/data/images/ns/cms/dn12103/dn12103-2_600.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.newscientist.com/articleimages/dn12103/1-how-the-arctic-ocean-was-born.html&h=592&w=600&sz=35&tbnid=9ChxeqbNZZRHCM:&tbnh=91&tbnw=92&zoom=1&usg=__tfYYt12GSgS_L5094f07bGqu4UU=&docid=bXe3mkM8BO2cPM&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g2qPULfBCobMigKdx4DQCA&ved=0CDAQ9QEwBQ&dur=391