The Ice in the Antarctic is too Thick for Two Ice Breakers to Break Through

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 28th, 2013

Week in Review

According to the global warming enthusiasts we’re melting the ice caps at the poles.  Leaving the poor polar bears in the Arctic Ocean floundering in the open seas.  With no ice to drag themselves up onto to rest and eat the baby seals they’ve just killed.  Pity the polar bears didn’t hang out in the Antarctic with the penguins.  Then again, the ice there may be too thick (see Rescue of icebound Antarctic ship faces setback by KRISTEN GELINEAU, AP, posted 12/27/2013 on Yahoo! News).

A Chinese icebreaker that was en route to rescue a ship trapped in Antarctic ice was forced to turn back on Saturday after being unable to push its way through the heavy sea ice.

The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became too thick, said expedition spokesman Alvin Stone…

Three icebreakers, including the Snow Dragon, have been trying to reach the ship since Wednesday. France’s L’Astrolabe made it to the edge of the sea ice surrounding the ship on Saturday, but called off its mission after it, too, failed to break through, said Lisa Martin, spokeswoman for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which is coordinating the rescue…

The scientific team on board the research ship — which left New Zealand on Nov. 28 — had been recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s century-old voyage to Antarctica when it became trapped. They plan to continue their expedition after they are freed, expedition leader Chris Turney said.

Interesting.  After they get freed from the ice they are going to continue retracing the century-old journey of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.  Which means there was less ice a century ago than there is now.  Because his ship didn’t get stuck in the ice.  No.  His adventures happened off the ship.  On the frozen, windswept expanses.  And were far more unpleasant than being stuck in the ice.  For people died.  While the survivors had to eat their sled dogs to survive.  Something that won’t happen on a warm ship stuck in the ice with weeks’ worth of supplies for all onboard.

A ship full of food?  That’s something the polar bears would enjoy.  Pity they’re stuck up in the warm and melting Arctic while at the other pole it’s colder and icier than it was a century earlier.  Funny how there’s global warming at the North Pole.  While there is global cooling at the South Pole.  And this during the summer months at the South Pole.  Guess that global warming can be a fickle thing.


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