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Old 12-30-2013, 01:06 PM  
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Who's on That Russian Ship Stuck on Antarctic Ice? And Why?

An expedition is recreating explorer Douglas Mawson's 100-year-old trek.



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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 26, 2013

Update: The Russian vessel, the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, which was stranded off the coast of Antarctica with 74 people onboard, remains stranded. Attempts were made by the Chinese icebreaker, Snow Dragon, and other Russian icebreakers, but the ice was too thick. Rescue crews hope to get to the stranded passengers soon.

A Russian vessel is stranded in ice off the coast of Antarctica with 74 people onboard, including the scientific team recreating explorer Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition from a century ago.

The ship, the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, is waiting for emergency help—though help might take some time to come, given a blizzard that pummeled the area. The ship locked up in the ice on Christmas.

"The vessel hasn't moved in the last two days, and we're surrounded by sea ice," said Chris Turney, leader of the modern-day Australasian Antarctic Expedition, said in a video posted on Twitter. "We just can't get through."

The blizzard that locked the ship in ice had also forestalled immediate rescue.

"We have wind speeds on average of 50 kilometers [30 miles] an hour, reaching in excess of 70 [45 miles] kilometers an hour," Turney said.

No injuries have been reported thus far, and according to a tweet from Turney, the blizzard has passed—though the ship remains solidly lodged in the ice.

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What exactly are Turney and his team attempting to do in Antarctica?

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...the century mark for Mawson's trip serves as a marker of exploration. The current crop of explorers are hoping to document some of the same data and compare them to Mawson's numbers, "using the twist of modern technology," Turney told National Geographic earlier this month.

As may be expected, global warming might play a role in this, he suggests, particularly with respect to melted ice in the East Antarctic.


The group will also test the salinity of the ocean, take censuses of local bird populations, drill into the ice to extract mineral data, and send drones to map Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay.
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:53 PM   #4
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News Update…..Global freeze continues its grip


http://abcnews.go.com/International/...ry?id=21365679

Thick Antarctic ice has blocked a third ice breaker from reaching a stranded cruise ship, prompting officials to change plans today and prepare to take the passengers off the ice-bound ship by helicopter.

The decision to resort to an airlift came after Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis could only get within 10 nautical miles of the trapped vessel today before the rescue attempt was called off because winds of up to 30 knots and snow showers, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, has been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve.

“A decision has been reached to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by helicopter from China’s Xue Long ship, should the weather allow,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement. “According to (the captain), all the crew and other members of the expedition are in good health.”

“Neither their lives nor safety are under threat,” the ministry said.

The ship is carrying 74 scientists and tourists.

The chopper can only carry 15 people at a time, so it would have to make five trips to evacuate all 52.
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Old 12-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #5
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I can see the headline now, "Global warming scientists freeze to death while stuck in ice".

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Old 12-30-2013, 04:14 PM   #6
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:18 PM   #7
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PUBLISHED DECEMBER 26, 2013

Update: Al Gore has set out from Nashville, Tennessee in his specially equipped Humvee in a valiant attempt to rescue the 74 sailors and scientists trapped aboard the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy. The vessel was attempting to prove that man is the sole cause of global warming, and the expedition's lead scientist, Dr. James A. Tiptap claimed they were on the verge of doing just that before their ship became hopelessly trapped in a huge continent-size block of ice.

Gore's rescue attempt is based on his hope that by the time he reaches Tierra del Fuego, an ice bridge will have formed between South America and Antarctica due to global warming, allowing him to drive right over to the trapped ship.
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Old 12-30-2013, 04:30 PM   #8
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:10 PM   #10
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I wonder if the same global warming scientist on board was also responsible for predicting the ice flows in the region.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:04 PM   #13
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:49 PM   #14
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:36 AM   #15
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Psstt, this is Antarctica.
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