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The drifting giant A68 iceberg released billions of tons of fresh water in South Georgia ecosystem

Saturday, January 22nd 2022 - 10:56 UTC
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Scientists monitoring the giant A68a iceberg from space reveal that a huge amount of freshwater was released as it melted around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. An estimated 152 billion tons of freshwater – equivalent to 20 x Loch Ness or 61 million Olympic sized swimming pools, entered the seas around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia when A68a melted over three months in 2020/2021, according to a new study published this month by the British Antarctic Survey. Read full article

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  • willowas1

    The uk should invest money and technology into harnessing this natural resource that practically comes knocking on britains front door. Other countries like pakistan and india migjht soon go to war over dwindling water resources and countries from my continent africa i.e Sudan,Egypt and Ethiopia might soon go to war over Ethiopias attempt to dam the nile river. Middle eastern countries are looking for ways to harness the ice in antarctica and tow it all the way to thei middle east because they lack fresh water in their region. This could be a gold mine worth billions for the british. They can partner with several middle eastern countries like Dubai or Saudi Arabia to harness this resource that comes floating on its own from antarctica to this british territory free of charge. If a lay man like me from africa can see the benefits of harnessing this resource i expect that someone in the british government can also see the opportunities involved. Whether they have the will or the vision to develop a technology that can harness this resource is another matter. And oh by the way happy possession day.
    This is the 247th year since captain james cook first landed on south georgia island in 1775 and claimed it for the british. Many happy returms of the day.

    Jan 22nd, 2022 - 08:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    willowas1


    Why not instead harvesting icebergs from the northern latitudes?


    ¡Saludos desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 22nd, 2022 - 10:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pugol-H

    willowas1
    This has been looked at a few times in the past, towing icebergs to the middle east for fresh water, in fact it was a question on a physics exam I once sat 40+ years ago.

    Problem is as you get nearer to the equator temperatures go up and the rate of melting increases, you can arrive in the gulf with little more than a large ice cube.

    This one started seriously melting in the sub-Antarctic, little chance of it making it very far into the tropics.

    Chicureo-CMoTA
    Greeting my friend, I trust all is well with you and yours.

    More land to avoid in the N. Hemisphere and warmer, more crowded seas. The only option is down the N. Atlantic where you cross the warm gulfstream and they just disappear.

    Off topic but I read this the other day:

    https://ukdefencejournal.org.uk/british-e-3d-sentry-awacs-aircraft-to-sold-to-chile/

    Quite an increase in capabilities for your air force, I would think.

    Probable won’t go down too well in Lima or La Paz.

    Jan 23rd, 2022 - 12:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    P U G O L — TTWH


    I appreciate you forwarding the article and the upgrade will make an important addition to our military defense. (The two current aircraft from Israel and the UK are seriously dated and the replacements would be ideal.)

    Each September 19 Chile shows off our air force and it’s always exciting — especially with the F-16 Fighting Falcons.

    Yes, I agree with your assessment and there have been a number ideas to harvest icebergs, including a serious studying during WWII by the Churchill government.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Habakkuk

    Although technically the concept was possible — it was one idea that was fortunately abandoned!

    I recently spent time at the farm and was very pleased how the grapes are progressing. (Sea-freight will be literally double in cost this season!)

    I hope all is well with you and those you care for!


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 23rd, 2022 - 03:50 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Ermmmmm.....

    - Due to the current Maya Alejandra situation in Shile..., I'm willing to wager one of them aromatic camemberts currenty ripening in my fridge that the, in the above comments mentioned UK/Shile aircraft prospective deal..., has Zilch possibilities to be realized...

    El Think...

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 05:53 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    I am not surprised IF the new defense minister Maya Alejandra Fernández Allende — educated in Cuba (50) who pertains to the Partido Socialista, granddaughter of Salvador Allende selected by President Gabriel Boric — will indeed shake up our military.

    ¡Viva la revolución!

    However, the current offer by the RAF in acquiring the AWACs seems an nice opportunity to keep our neighbors reminded of Chile’s deterrence.

    Currently the change in government is positive as there was some questionable agreements that need to be addressed. (We knew already that taxes would indeed increase.)

    Meanwhile it seems that perhaps the COVID Pandemic is decreasing — perhaps terminated by a Corona Virus (OMICRON) that causes the Common Cold…

    There are many actually reporting that mRNA vaccines are totally disfunctional against OMICRON…

    …who knows?…


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 02:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Shicuréo...

    1) - The current offer by the RAF to sell you their 30 years old AWACs ...seems as intelligent a strategical military decision for a Country like Shile as that 25 years old, 400.000.000 U$ purchase of a Israeli readaptation of an already 30 years old Boeing 707 from Lan Shile...
    - Especially if you..., hermanitos..., use the “new” ones as much as you used the “auld” one...
    https://www.pinterest.it/pin/392376186270701333/

    2) - There is this auld geezeer actually reporting that his two mRNA Pfizer vaccines and his Moderna mNRA booster shot are totally functional and keeping me free (until today) from ALPHA..., BETA..., GAMMA..., DELTA & OMICRON…

    3) - Don't be a silly boy...
    Stop listening to Yankee FOX NEWS...
    Remenber how it went with your beloved Yankee Orange “Political Genius”...

    Capisce...?

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 03:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    First — the upgrade is cheaper than the cost of upgrading avionics of the older aircraft.

    Secondly — all our immediate adult family gypsies have been vaccinated against the PLAUGE — and somewhat have survived so far unaffected…

    The current antibody and antiviral treatments have changed the current treatments.

    Regarding the Yankee NEWS — Your admired wonderful American President has exceeded all expectations… 
…truly remarkable events…especially with the upcoming political election changes…

    We’re enjoying fresh erizos (sea urchins) today!



    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 03:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Hermanito...

    - “All our immediate adult family gypsies have been vaccinated against the PLAGUE — and somewhat have survived so far unaffected…” you say....

    - Nice..., I say...
    - Exactly as the good folks from your beloved FOX NEWS...
    All their Stars have been vaccinated against the PLAGUE — and NO ONE may enter ANY FOX NEWS working place whitout being vaccinated...
    -However they make millions of dollars every day selling to their audience of millions of brainwashed Shicuréos untrue Anti-Vax arguments as...:

    - “There are many actually reporting that mRNA vaccines are totally disfunctional against OMICRON…” -

    Capisce...?

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    Perhaps our inferior gypsy cast is inmune — perhaps it’s simple pure luck — but we definitely never were “never–vaxxers” — but it has been proved that many infected now have seem to have natural immunity.

    I do remember my mother’s stern warnings to wash one’s hands…

    In Australia the previous avocado season was literally a disaster as all markets were closed.

    The Chilean grape industry predicts growers will experience a port labor strike during the harvest.


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 05:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    - Correct hermanito..., during the ~22 months this Covid19 pandemic has played catch with us..., you have definitely never said you were a “No-Vaxxer” ...

    - If you re-read my above text carefully..., you will find out that I have definitely never said you were a ”No-Vaxxer” either...

    But........................

    - During the ~22 months this Covid19 pandemic has played catch with us..., you have brainwashedly defended several untrue..., almost idiotic Anti-Vaxxer arguments as...:

    - “MASKS DO NOT WORK”...
    (No Comment...)

    Or...

    - “SWEDEN IS COPING WITH THE COVID19 PANDEMIC THE RIGHT WAY”...
    (As per today...: Sweden: 1.534 deaths/1M pop. --- Finland: 327 deaths/1 M. pop --- Norway: 258 deaths/1M pop.)

    Or..., yours today's...

    - “THERE ARE MANY ACTUALLY REPORTING THAT mRNA VACCINES ARE TOTALLY DISFUNCTIONAL AGAINST OMICRON…”
    ( https://www.cnet.com/health/boosters-offer-great-protection-against-omicron-new-data-confirms-which-one-should-you-choose/ )

    Capisce...?


    — ever During the last 22months of Covid 19 pandemic

    During the last 22months of Covid 19 pandemic

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 06:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    And yet we do in fact MASKS DO NOT WORK unless you utilize a N95 or KN95 respirator masks.

    SWEDEN did COPE correctly WITH THE COVID19 PANDEMIC THE RIGHT WAY for the pandemic!

There are indeed conjecture THAT mRNA VACCINES ARE TOTALLY DISFUNCTIONAL AGAINST OMICRON!

    …but we need to reflect upon the future as the PANDEMIC is slowing — hopefully this year…

    Tonight, Madame I are looking forward to dining with friends in Valparaíso this evening.


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Yeahhhh...

    And there are indeed “conjectures” that the Earth is flat...

    Pull yourself together..., hermanito !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 07:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    Estimado El Think

    Changing subjects — assuming your marvelous location — what is the current situation as far to normal life?

    Other than concerts and sports — has Italy finally accepted the new protocol…!


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 08:03 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Not so fast..., hermanito...
    First..., I have an easy naval question for you...

    Let's say that three imaginary waships are on a mission..., far out at sea and their crew get infected with somea nasty virus...

    Cpt. Shicuréo Momio-Condell imposes hard sanitary discipline on his ship and..., after end mission..., returns to port with two dead sailors...

    Cpt. Think A'lot-Lynch also imposes hard sanitary discipline on his ship and ..., after end mission..., returns to port with three dead sailors...

    Cpt. Toribio-Hill Zenteno adopts a relaxed sanitary discipline on his ship and..., after end mission..., returns to port with fifteen dead sailors...

    Which Captain(s) deserve their command(s)...?

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 08:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    Let’s assume there are NO EASY easy naval scenarios — but to debate…

    …obviously the entire senior officer staff would be debriefed, then some officers interrogated — perhaps resulting in a court-martial — but virus infected vessels also follow the rules of quarantine — with has their own lengthy protocol.

    Shipboard discipline regarding virus situations is unreal…

    It’s not like cruise industry where they have tried to recover their business — but sadly has failed.


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 09:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    We try again...

    Cpt. Shicuréo Momio-Condell follows the rules of quarantine for virus infected vessels - which hhve their own lengthy protocol and..., after end mission..., returns to port with two dead sailors...

    Cpt. Think A'lot-Lynch also follows the rules of quarantine for virus infected vessels - which have their own lengthy protocol ​and..., after end mission..., returns to port with three dead sailors...

    Cpt. Toribio-Hill Zenteno does NOT follow the rules of quarantine for virus infected vessels - which have their own lengthy protocol..., adopting instead a relaxed sanitary discipline on his ship and..., after end mission..., returns to port with fifteen dead sailors...

    Which Captain(s) deserve their command(s)...?

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

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    Estimado El Think

    Let’s assume we’re discussing countries…

    …Like Sweden, Italy, Argentina and Chile..

    Who are the politicians that should be punished!


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 09:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Genial idea..., Shicureo...!

    Let’s assume that instead of almost identical imaginary ships we’re discussing almost identical real Countries…

    Like Sweden, Norway and Finland...

    Who are the leaders that shouldn't be leaders...?

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 10:16 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado Tænk — P U G O L - TTWH


    I greatly appreciate instead of Sweden, Italy, Argentina and Chile…

    Then would perhaps do an comparison with NY State with Florida…

    I’m reliably informed by our customer broker that few are wearing masks in Miami…


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 10:30 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    I greatly appreciate instead of Sweden, Italy, Argentina and Chile…, you say...

    How do you begin to compare a Volvo P1800, a Ferrari Dino, an IKA Torino 380w and a Citröen Yagan..., I say...!

    Jan 24th, 2022 - 11:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Chicureo

    Estimado Tænk — P U G O L - TTWH 


    Sorry for the interruption…

    …If we are comparing automobiles — I agree with the Volvo P1800 — however I submit the Skoda OCTAVIA ESTATE

    https://www.skoda-storyboard.com/en/skoda-world/unknown-history-octavia-cars-were-made-in-chile-50-years-ago/

    My lovely dinner companion required my complete attention last night — but if she was an automobile — she definitely would be a Citroën Maserati…

    (…if you remember — my first auto was a Lada and Madame possessed a Citroën Citroneta 2CV…)

    The dinner was highly pleasant with good conversation — with everyone previously associated with our Naval Academy.

    Today’s morning fare is avocado and smoked salmon on sourdough with perfectly prepared café lattes — while reading the news.

    Weather here is perfect!


    ¡Saludos cordiales desde Viña del Mar!

    Jan 25th, 2022 - 12:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Tænk

    Sooooooo..., hermanito...

    - Are you then telling me that your highly trained military mind has concludded that Cpt. Toribio-Hill Zenteno who DIDN'T follow the rules of quarantine for virus infected vessels - which have their own lengthy protocol and adopted instead a relaxed sanitary discipline on his ship..., returning to port with fifteen dead sailors...(that's +600% more casualities than Cpt. Shicuréo Momio-Condell and +500% more than Cpt. Think A'lot-Lynch... ) is the Captain that deserves its command...?



    Consistent with

    Jan 25th, 2022 - 05:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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