Sneak Peek #1: The Benefits of Global Warming?!

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The new Jan/Feb issue of mental_floss magazine is just about to hit newsstands, and we're eager to give you a glimpse of some of the great content! Today's snippet is from our article on 5 Things Benefiting from Global Warming. A few things are are actually reaping rewards from this hot mess. Here's one of the strangest:

Mountains Reach New Heights

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Although climate change is forcing glaciers to recede, mountains are getting taller. As the water stored in glaciers drains away, the mountains underneath them have less of a load to carry and can rise to their full heights. In the Western arm of the Alps, for instance,  mountains are growing at a rate of .035 inches per year. That's good news for skiers, climbers, and large hills with a Napoleon complexes.

Of course, that just scratches the surface. To see why things like satellites and jellyfish are doing so much better as a result of global warming, be sure to check out the article on newsstands. Better yet, pair the subscription with a brand new mental_floss T-shirt and save yourself some money! Click here for details.

December 12, 2009 - 5:05pm
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