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  • First Hole in North Pole Ice Drilled to Study Impacts of Climate Change

    A group of Arctic explorers has made the grueling journey to the North Pole and drilled a hole in the ice to take the first ever sample of ocean [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]water[/COLOR][/COLOR] at the pole in an effort to better understand the impacts of climate change.
    The explorers, part of a group called the Catlin Arctic Survey, completed the sampling expedition after failing to last year, reported the Guardian.
    The team reached the geographic North Pole on May 12 after a 60-day trek across the frigid Arctic ice.
    The explorers have been collecting water and [COLOR=blue ! important][COLOR=blue ! important]marine [COLOR=blue ! important]life[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] samples from beneath the floating sea ice during their expedition in an effort to understand how the acidification of the ocean caused by the same accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that is behind the planet's warming is impacting the polar environment.
    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...limate-change/
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    The ice at and around the North Pole has been cored many, many times. It's only a few meters thick at its thickest.

    The sea water in and around the Arctic ice cap is no more likely to show effects of ocean acidification than any other bit of ocean. For that matter, it's actually less likely to show any signs, because atmospheric CO2 levels are the lowest in the polar regions.

    The Catlin Expedition are a bunch of publicity-seeking goofballs; none of whom are scientists or have even the slightest scientific training or experience.

    Last year's trip failed because the Arctic spring was too cold.

    Here's the "team"...

    ANN DANIELS is a motivational speaker.

    MARTIN HARTLEY is a photographer.

    CHARLIE PATON "turned his back on the fitness industry to concentrate on his expeditions, he now runs his own business offering extreme outdoor adventures."
    Last edited by The Doctor; 13 May 10, 17:03.
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    • #3
      If you keep this up, you're going to destroy my faith in the whole system.

      Personally, I think they will find exactly what they allege to be looking for.

      I did find the proclamation that this was the first ice core sample to be more than a little pompous - doubtless they are seeking to advance their own agenda, but will the public at large even notice one way or the other?

      I think that as members of this forum we are inclined to mistakenly assume that the vast majority of the public actually gives a about those annoying little details. The average American can tell you who who won the Super Bowl, who won the World Series, how many women Tiger Woods screwed and who is Number # in NASCAR, but they don't know or care diddly about the real world they live in.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
        If you keep this up, you're going to destroy my faith in the whole system.

        Personally, I think they will find exactly what they allege to be looking for.

        I did find the proclamation that this was the first ice core sample to be more than a little pompous - doubtless they are seeking to advance their own agenda, but will the public at large even notice one way or the other?

        I think that as members of this forum we are inclined to mistakenly assume that the vast majority of the public actually gives a about those annoying little details. The average American can tell you who who won the Super Bowl, who won the World Series, how many women Tiger Woods screwed and who is Number # in NASCAR, but they don't know or care diddly about the real world they live in.
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