5 Mar 2020 – The Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn has been stuck for days in unexpectedly thick Arctic sea ice. She was on her way to support the MOSAiC expedition –a crew of “climate change experts” aboard a German icebreaker, the RV Polarstern, who intentionally marooned themselves near the North Pole at a cost of $158 million to ‘study the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how it affects the rest of the world’ (full article here). But now, the Kapitan Dranitsyn requires assistance herself, and a THIRD icebreaker, the Admiral Makarov, departed from Murmansk on March 3.
Two icebreakers – count em, TWO! – the Polarstern and the Kapitan Dranitsyn stuck in Arctic sea ice (Credit: Rosomport)
On Feb 3, 2020 the Kapitan Dranitsyn set sail from the Norwegian seaport of Tromso to exchange crew and researchers aboard the intentionally marooned vessel, its route traversing the Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean.
Encountering some of the most inclement weather conditions on Earth; perennial ice, ice, snow, and strong compression, the Kapitan Dranitsyn found it difficult to move, on some days traveling less than 20 miles (32 km), finally reaching the marooned icebreaker on Feb 28.
With temperatures regularly running below -30C (-22F) and windchills as low as -58C (-72F), the channels of open water left behind by the vessel quickly refroze, refroze so thick that the researchers could actually walk on them within a day.
When it tried to return to Tromso, the Kapitan Dranitsyn quickly became stuck in impenetrably thick sea ice, and a THIRD icebreaker, the Admiral Makarov, was dispatched from Murmansk on March 3 to assist.
The next crew change will probably be accomplished by air.
There is “no expense spared in the pursuit of pseudoscience,” says this article on Electroverse. “Hypocrisy abounds in the pursuit of environmentalism.”
See entire article:
Thanks to Bill Sellers for this link
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March 5, 2020 at 10:54AM