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.
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.
Aurora Australis webcam
“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”