Pseudoscience: myths, hoaxes and misunderstandings concerning water
| Science is defined as a systematically ordered body of known facts, and regulation for obtaining and ordering further knowledge. Not all information presented as science or 'known fact' is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Particularly on the World Wide Web, a lot of hoaxes and misunderstandings circulate. These hoaxes presented as fact are called pseudoscience. On this page, we present a number of known hoaxes and myths concerning water, specifically water composition, drinking water, and water flows. |
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Melting icecaps and sea level rise
Additionally, it must be noted that not all melting ice influences sea levels. Archimedes discovered long ago that icebergs already present in water do not influence the water table, as he discovered the principle of density.
He stated: "An object totally or partially immersed in water is lifted up by a force which is equal to the weight of water it displaces."
Consequently, only melting of land ice determines sea level rise as an indirect consequence of global warming, in this case. The moment more sheets of ice enter the water from land glaciers, the total volume increases.