December 30, 2013
Climate Change Scientists Trapped In Antarctica - Too Much Ice To Rescue
Global warming is the damnedest thing. Just when you think you've got a handle on it, it screws you over 180°.
The Aurora Australis has abandoned its first attempt to cut through the ice surrounding the stranded Akademik Shokalskiy in Antarctica after moving just two nautical miles.
About 6am, the Aurora's captain, Murray Doyle, began to manoeuvre the icebreaker through thick wedges of consolidated sea ice.
But by 9am [midday Sydney time], the master made the call to turn the ship around and move back into open water.
"The ice became too thick for us to penetrate. Some of the floes are up to two metres of ice with a metre of snow on top and very compact.
The video at the top is actual footage from one of the icebreakers. So far, at least three icebreaker ships have attempted and failed to reach the scientists.
The word "irony" must not be in the leftist vocabulary.
(Hat Tip: IHateTheMedia)