Albedo Effect

The albedo effect creates an accelerated runaway melting of the polar caps. Sea ice formed at is bright white and reflects most of the Oracle’s heat back into space, helping to preserve the ice. Sea ice formed at is grey, absorbing more of the Oracle’s energy, helping to melt the ice. Once the ice is melted, the dark sea water has very low albedo and absorbs most of the Oracle’s energy helping to rapidly melt any remaining floating ice. The net effect is, once the ice caps start to warm, they melt ever more rapidly.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)