Friday, December 29, 2006


Just spiffing.

From the AP (h/t Huffington Post)

Ice mass snaps free from Canada's Arctic

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press Writer
Fri Dec 29, 6:46 AM ET
A giant ice shelf has snapped free from an island south of the North Pole, scientists said Thursday, citing climate change as a "major" reason for the event.

The Ayles Ice Shelf — all 41 square miles of it — broke clear 16 months ago from the coast of Ellesmere Island, about 500 miles south of the North Pole in the Canadian Arctic.

Scientists discovered the event by using satellite imagery. Within one hour of breaking free, the shelf had formed as a new ice island, leaving a trail of icy boulders floating in its wake.

Warwick Vincent of Laval University, who studies Arctic conditions, traveled to the newly formed ice island and couldn't believe what he saw.

"This is a dramatic and disturbing event. It shows that we are losing remarkable features of the Canadian North that have been in place for many thousands of years," Vincent said. "We are crossing climate thresholds, and these may signal the onset of accelerated change ahead."

The ice shelf was one of six major shelves remaining in Canada's Arctic. They are packed with ancient ice that is more than 3,000 years old. They float on the sea but are connected to land.

Some scientists say it is the largest event of its kind in Canada in 30 years and that climate change was a major element.

According to Collier’s Encyclopedia, the Island of Manhattan is "Approximately 23 square miles".

Brooklyn is 44 square miles.

The future is coming.

It’s coming fast and in chunks the size of cities.


Loveandlight said...

If the direction in which the world is moving is in any way concomitant with the spiritual developments I've been witnessing in my own environment, we have plenty reason for a grim mood.

Anonymous said...

wor, i like the reply above

ifthethunderdontgetya said...

No need to worry, driftglass. Noted Patriot Robert Novak says it's just the environmentalists' well-financed propaganda operation.

SteveK said...

This is the secret to victory in Iraq! A floating aircraft carrier the size of Manhattan! Using Project Habakkuk we'll contract Haliburton to convert it into the CVO(Carrier Vehicle Opedial)USS George W. Bush, easily dwarfing by many orders of magnitude the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) (which it will accidentially ram on its maiden voyage).

Steaming at full power towards the gulf and sporting a (visible from orbit) "Mission Accomplished" banner the mere Shock and Awe of this mighty ship will chill the IslamoFascists to the bone, as well as provide ice cream for all the good little children of Iraq!

sightunseen said...

I can just imagine what that fool inhoff, the okie denier of world warming will say,' Hah, so an ice cube moves in a glass of tea and the dirty fucking hippies are freaking out about it. Hell, I'll drink the goddamn tea.'And as usual, inhoff's major sugar daddy is the oil folks.

Anonymous said...

Hm, yeah, SteveK -- Mix in some sawdust and you'd have the ultimate unstoppable Pykrete juggernaut.