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Heinz Buff
Heinz Buff

Whatever the reason was for becoming trapped, I admire the multi-national effort to clear the ships. Politics has been put aside. That's how it always should be!

Jan Wiechowski
Jan Wiechowski

The bottom line is that despite the seemingly hopeless situation, the big transnational cooperation rescued from icy oppression of these young people.

Camille Robineau
Camille Robineau

Le plus drôle étant de savoir que l'Astrolabe a été piégé plus de 50 jours, il y a deux ans .. qui en a entendu parler ? Qui a su qu'ils avaient manqué de nourriture, qu'un avion s'était posé pour les ravitailler ! J'aime les médias !!! 

Ian Sloan
Ian Sloan

Only a complete idiot would try to cover up the fact that it was the delay in getting the tourists back on board on the 24th which delayed the escape of his boat, despite warnings from the captain. It was NOT "unpredicted" that's what weather charts and radar are for. The Captains warnings were ignored.

Scientists, Media and Students ??? ... read "tourists"

john algarme
john algarme

According to Al Gore, the planet has a fever so how is this happening ?

Noh Lee
Noh Lee

Finally~~Hooooooooray~~^^* good to hear that you made it. I hope and expect you are gonna tell us amazing story after some good rest, which you haven't told us about the behind expedition story~

Carol Manka
Carol Manka

Now we've learned much more about the power of nature over even the most modern and technologically sophisticated peoples of our world. 

Tong Linchuan
Tong Linchuan

Please show who take the rescue and where the people transmitted to.

Sachin Sinha
Sachin Sinha

Want to see real, natural, and trur pic go to....


#factualityphotography

Sachin Sinha
Sachin Sinha

technology of china is very developed...


Typhoon Lee
Typhoon Lee

Just curious where the helicopter came from ?

Rich Evans
Rich Evans

All that hot chocolate sacrificed -- Oh the humanity!

Bogus Buddy
Bogus Buddy

Global warming research ship gets stuck in ice that was supposed to be gone by now. Irony!

Tony Peacock
Tony Peacock

@Ian Sloan I've seen this allegation made in some of the comments on the delay, but no evidence that it happened. Is there anything specific in the public domain or just conjecture/allegations? 

shane langridge
shane langridge

@john algarme a very large iceberg, 150 kms long, has grounded about 200 kms out from the bay, causing pack ice to build up behind. filling the bay and blocking the entrance.iceberg, B9B. 

Jedidiah Wiebe
Jedidiah Wiebe

@john algarme  To quote Eric Holthaus from Quartz: "In fact, despite the trolling of Donald Trump and other climate change deniers, global warming is probably contributing to the record cold, as counter-intuitive as that may seem. The key factor is a feedback mechanism of climate change known as Arctic amplification. Here’s how to explain the nuts and bolts of it to your under-informed family and friends:

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Snow and ice are disappearing from the Arctic region at unprecedented rates, leaving behind relatively warmer open water, which is much less reflective to incoming sunlight than ice. That, among other factors, is causing the northern polar region of our planet to warm at a faster rate than the rest of the northern hemisphere. (And, just to state the obvious, global warming describes a global trend toward warmer temperatures, which doesn’t preclude occasional cold-weather extremes.)

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Since the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes helps drive the jet stream (which, in turn, drives most US weather patterns), if that temperature difference decreases, it stands to reason that the jet stream’s winds will slow down. Why does this matter?

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Well, atmospheric theory predicts that a slower jet stream will produce wavier and more sluggish weather patterns, in turn leading to more frequent extreme weather. And, turns out, that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing in recent years. Superstorm Sandy’s uncharacteristic left hook into the New Jersey coast in 2012 was one such example of an extremely anomalous jet stream blocking pattern."

wu yang
wu yang

 The helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Xuelongor Snow Dragontransferred thepassengers to an ice floe close to Aurora Australisan Australian Antarctic supply ship.

RC Monkeyboy
RC Monkeyboy

@Bogus BuddyYes, the ice was supposed to be gone by now.  The "research" ship "scientists" must have been looking at their computer models instead of out the window when they steamed into Commonwealth Bay. 

Eliot Walter
Eliot Walter

@RC Monkeyboy @Bogus Buddy This is wind driven sea ice..  The warmer waters are causing ice-shelves to thin and glaciers to flow more quickly; hence more calving into the sea and floating ice from shelf collapse.  Commonwealth Bay is one of the windiest places on Earth and is very near to a major shelf collapse this year.   

Ian Sloan
Ian Sloan

@Eliot Walter@RC Monkeyboy@Bogus Buddy

the warmer waters .. I love it when people say this ... they have no idea if the water is warmer .... the Argo buoy system certainly doesnt show any warming, so this mantra of "Its the warmer waters" is complete and utter unsubstantiated rubbish

mark Dalrymple
mark Dalrymple

@Eliot Walter @RC Monkeyboy @Bogus Buddy 

Thanks for the explanation.  One question, if the computer models can not project the ice flow in just one bay, how are we to think it can  project weather patterns for the entire earth over the next 100 years?


I am certain one thing.  The global bake industry will have a snotty answer.

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