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Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped In Sea Ice 209

Posted by timothy
from the that-looks-like-a-fun-vacation dept.
First time accepted submitter Stinky Cheese Man writes "An Antarctic climate research expedition, led by climate researcher Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales, has become trapped in heavy ice near the coast of Antarctica. The captain has issued a distress call and three nearby icebreaker ships are on their way to the rescue. According to Turney's web site, the purpose of the expedition is 'to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.'"
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Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped In Sea Ice

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  • by roc97007 (608802) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @04:49PM (#45790167) Journal

    > the purpose of the expedition is 'to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.

    Looks like they found some.

    • Their most significant finding, though will be that "ice breaker ships are tearing up all the sea ice!".

      • by roc97007 (608802)

        Their most significant finding, though will be that "ice breaker ships are tearing up all the sea ice!".

        Thanks, that was funny. Everyone seems to have lost their sense of humor around here.

  • by DexterIsADog (2954149) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @04:55PM (#45790229)
    ...it's starkly beautiful, and nothing compares to hiking an extinct volcano and looking down on a colony of hundreds of penguins.

    But I don't recommend getting stuck there. No. Definitely not.
    • Here in my town is a small sailing club. Not really a club but a school.
      A few months ago we had a photo/film show about(by) a couple traveling through the arctica with a sailing ship.
      One very funny part of one photo show or movie (don't remember, I guess the camara man involved wanted to make a movie and his GF photographed him and we saw the photos).
      So the camara man is moving to a small snow hill with a dozen or so pinguins on top.
      Plants his camara in front of them, like 5 yards away.
      And while he watches

  • by CajunArson (465943) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @04:57PM (#45790255) Journal

    Anyone who would insinuate that there is any ice left anywhere on Earth after Global Warming must be an anti-science denialist and must be purged in the name of tolerance.

    • That's a bit harsh, but perhaps more manly. These sissies are missing their chance to freeze to death studying global warming; how awesome that would have been! Back in the days of real men like Scott and Amundsen, if you got stuck in the ice, you stayed stuck in the ice until summer. These days people are such wimps; a little ice on the hull and they call for an icebreaker, "oh please save our poor souls! We did not bring any food or warm clothes, but don't hold that against us - we're adventurers!"

  • by 14erCleaner (745600) <FourteenerCleaner@yahoo.com> on Thursday December 26, 2013 @05:01PM (#45790301) Homepage Journal
    They can call it the "Endurance [amazon.com] Centennial Reenactment".
  • They are in the artic measuring climate change and its affect on reduced sea ice levels yet are now trapped in ice and have called in ice-breaking ships to rescue them, which in turn will reduce the formation of sea ice.
    • Just more proof that you can't measure a system without affecting that system.

    • They are in the artic

      That's a pretty noobish mistake for an Antarctic research team to make.

      now trapped in ice and have called in ice-breaking ships to rescue them, which in turn will reduce the formation of sea ice.

      By something on the order of 0.00001% - if at all, given the chaotic nature of climate interactions. For all I know ice breakers might increase the total amount of ice once they've been through.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 26, 2013 @05:18PM (#45790441)

    As you contemplate the likelihood of sea level rise, consider that just 20,000 years ago—a snap of the fingers in geologic time and well within the span of human existence—the North Sea didn’t even exist. Global sea levels were as much as 400 feet lower than today, Britain was part of Continental Europe and terra firma stretched from Scotland to southern Norway.

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    • by mevets (322601)

      The earth is a fascinating place, with all its changes over time.
      In that 20,000 years civilization has risen from nearly nothing to what we have today, despite us being virtually unchanged. The likely footing for this advancement is stability of food supply, which rests upon the stability of climate.

      Tiring, I am sure, but critical none the less.

  • by angel'o'sphere (80593) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @05:28PM (#45790489) Homepage Journal

    Afaik, there are no ice breakers on the way to rescue but ordinary fright ships. But perhaps they are ice breaking and that fact never was told in germany. The likely closest one is: note, a chineese freighter that stopped unloading its freight and moved imediatly towards the hazardouse ship.

  • ....chemtrails do work.

  • ...because right now we're wishing it was in fact "warming" going on...

  • Does anyone know the specs of whether this ship can withstand being ice bound? I know Shacklton's wooden ship was crushed like a match box by the encroaching ice. An ice ship's bow can break ice but what about the crushing forces from the sides. If so, and they need to camp out on the ice for months, do they have enough supplies? Do they have hard-tack (basically dog biscuits for humans) when the normal food runs out and enough fuel to burn?

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