Increasing Antarctic Ice A Worry For Research Stations

“THE size and power of ships needed to break through Antarctica’s increasing sea ice levels is a worry for the global research community.”

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

h/t Sunshine Hours

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THE size and power of ships needed to break through Antarctica’s increasing sea ice levels is a worry for the global research community.

IN recent years countries including Australia have battled to reach their stations on the frozen continent, making resupply missions time consuming and expensive, Australian Antarctic Division spokesman Rod Wooding said.

“We’re noticing that the sea ice situation is becoming more difficult,” he told reporters on Monday.

The sea ice through the Southern Ocean and around Australia’s Mawson Station usually breaks up for a couple of months a year allowing ships to enter the bay but that did not happen in 2013-14.

“We had to get fuel in by helicopter which is inadequate for the long-term sustainability of the station,” Dr Wooding said.

“Other national programs have had similar problems: the French in particular, Japanese also.”

The problem has been the…

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