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Do you suppose this has anything to do with the record-breaking amount of sea ice in Antarctic this year?

The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis has been stuck in the ice 80 nautical miles from the Antarctic coast for the past two days.

The vessel holds 50 scientists from around the world who want to study the relationship between sea ice and marine life in Antarctica.

“At the moment they’re in some quite heavy ice which is pretty normal in those kinds of conditions,” the Australian Antarctic Division’s Operations manager Robb Clifton told AAP.

“They’re unable to move to the next station at the moment because of the way that ice has packed in around the ship.”

Mr Clifton said the research team and crew were in no danger.

See entire article:
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/aussie-icebreaker-stuck-near-antarctica/story-e6frfku9-1226501778880

Thanks to Laurel, Murray Edmondstone and Byron Dawes for this link

“Actually it is NOT normal for this time of year,” says Laurel (who happens to be from Australia). “It should be the spring break :-)”

“Instead the FACT the ice is far larger in mass than anytime on our recorded history…doesn’t rate a mention..gloss over it fellas.. assholes!.. cant tell the truth even when stuck IN it :-)”


Laurel mentioned that the ice is far larger in mass than anytime in their history, and she is correct. That is indeed a fact. See http://iceagenow.info/2012/09/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-time-record-high/


“You can follow the progress of the Aurora Australis here,” says reader E Stephens.
https://secure3.aad.gov.au/proms/public/schedules/voyage_sitreps.cfm?season=1213&voyage_no=MS

Aurora Australis webcam
http://www.antarctica.gov.au/webcams/aurora

“Overnight we were in some of the heaviest, snow covered pack many of us have encountered before but we are moving slowly and have managed only 13 miles since the last ice station Oct 11.

“The ice is well formed with an average thickness of over half a metre and up to two or three metres in places. We are surrounded by dense pack ice to the horizon in every direction. Oct 9″

 

12 Responses to Aussie icebreaker stuck in ice near Antarctica

  1. Loquamur says:

    As on South Park: “Move along, folks. Nothing to see her. Move along now!” Or in the Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention (to that man behind the curtain!” Or a thousand other Pollyannas (and calling them by that name is an insult to the character of Pollyanna…)

  2. Aussie Battler says:

    Something is not stacking up here. I heard on the ABC radio earlier today that they can’t use the airstrip because the ice is melting.

    • Laurel says:

      they dont have podcast to REhear news either..BUT
      what they said was they were cancelling January flights IN
      however??
      they say they will have 6 flights using it in?? Dec and February.
      which is full on summer,
      so why Jan was mentioned?
      the abc is soooo controlled by a certain Science show announcer, NO other viewpoint or Fact is allowed mention.
      and hes a dag on the govvy butt for fawning obsequiousness..

  3. Theo says:

    Ice?? Where……?

  4. RobertvdL says:

    AUSTRALIA’S $46 million Antarctic airstrip is melting, leaving the government scrambling to find a new air link to the frozen continent.

    The Wilkins runway — carved into ice near Casey station, about 3400 kilometres south-west of Hobart — was commissioned under the Howard government and hailed at its 2008 opening by then Environment Minister Peter Garrett.

    But unexpected surface melt has sharply curtailed use of the summer-time airstrip.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/frozen-46m-runway-melting-20121023-283nk.html

    Wilkins runway 66° 41′ 27″ S, 111° 31′ 25″ E

    http://toolserver.org/~geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Wilkins_Runway&params=66_41_27_S_111_31_25_E_type:airport_region:AU

    you can find it on Google Earth

    A polar circle is either the Arctic Circle or the Antarctic Circle. On Earth, the Arctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33′ 44″ N, and the Antarctic Circle is located at a latitude of 66° 33′ 44″ S
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_circle

    66° 33′ 44″ Antarctic Circle
    66° 41′ 27″ Wilkins runway

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Polarkreis_-_zwischen_Narvik_%26_Mo_i_Rana_Norwegen.JPG

    You think someone with a brain thought of that spot to build a runway on the ice ? If the sun is warm enough in Norway to make plants grow don’t you think it is warm enough to melt the upper part of the runway on the Antarctic?

  5. Laurel says:

    more idiocy
    today we are told the very pricey airstrip they built cant be used as Minus FIVE C is too warm and too dangerous for planes..
    really?

    Amundsen Scott station (USA)
    at the South Pole

    BOTH are MINUS 47C and snowing!!!!!!!

    Vostok station (Russia)
    at the Southern Geomagnetic Pole.
    Close to the Pole of Inaccessibility.

  6. tomd says:

    to me this:
    “At the moment they’re in some quite heavy ice which is pretty normal in those kinds of conditions,” the Australian Antarctic Division’s Operations manager Robb Clifton told AAP.

    translated says:
    it is pretty normal to be stuck in sea ice when you are stuck in sea ice !!
    — look closely at what is actually said—

    • Robert says:

      Notice the very, very last paragraph: “Despite the melting runway, an Australian supply ship, the Aurora Australis, is currently stuck in Antarctica because there is too much ice.”

      As Robert van DeLeur commented, “A runway on the ice ? If the sun is warm enough in Norway to make plants grow don’t you think it is warm enough to melt the upper part of the runway on the Antarctic?”

      • Rosco says:

        Of course not – everybody knows the Sun only contributes enough wattage to cause minus 18 degrees C temperature.

        Now that CO2 – thats the real powerhouse.

        Haven’t you read your IPCC Nursery rhymes – er SCIENCE ?

  7. ES says:

    You can follow the progress of the Aurora Australis here:

    https://secure3.aad.gov.au/proms/public/schedules/voyage_sitreps.cfm?season=1213&voyage_no=MS

    Overnight we were in some of the heaviest, snow covered pack many of us have encountered before but we are moving slowly and have managed only 13 miles since the last ice station Oct 11.

    The ice is well formed with an average thickness of over half a metre and up to two or three metres in places. We are surrounded by dense pack ice to the horizon in every direction. Oct 9


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