The Day After Tomorrow Research Essay. An essay comparing and disproving scientific events in the movie, with similar scientific events in the real world.

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Hollywood movies often exaggerate by creating claims and assumptions to propel their plots. One of these movies is "The Day After Tomorrow". There are various events and scenes that support or disprove the movie's claims including the following. There was a large breaking of an ice shelf in Antarctica resulting in higher sea levels. Secondly, a giant hurricane descended from the Arctic, freezing people with winds up to -150° F. Lastly, the abrupt change in climate seems to occur within a few weeks. Evidently, the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow", is known to use science loosely to amplify its plot because of these three phenomena mentioned earlier.

In the beginning of this movie, there was an event that consisted of an ice shelf that cracked and broke loose from the continent of Antarctica. This action resulted in a sudden rise in sea level and consequently a tidal wave in New York.

The movie's explanation for this phenomenon is that there was a cataclysmic climate shift and that global warming was causing the melting of the polar ice caps. From a scientific perspective, it is true that global warming can cause the sea level to rise. This is because global warming accelerates the rise of sea levels by transforming glaciers into water and incorporating that into the oceans. Global warming makes the volume of the water expand as it warms. This expansion results in an increasing sea level. At the current rate, global warming only increases sea level by two millimetres every year. What are not quite accurate are the rapid increase in sea level and the creation of an enormous tidal wave in New York due to global warming [1]. The movie stated that an ice shelf the size of Rhode Island broke of Antarctica and...