Iceworm Wednesday


Fred and Bob discuss how to patch the tire in below zero weather.

A top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by rising temperatures within decades, scientists have said.

The US army engineering corps excavated Camp Century in 1959 around 200km (124 miles) from the coast of Greenland, which was then a county of Denmark.

Powered, remarkably, by the world’s first mobile nuclear generator and known as “the city under the ice”, the camp’s three-kilometre network of tunnels, eight metres beneath the ice, housed laboratories, a shop, a hospital, a cinema, a chapel and accommodation for as many as 200 soldiers.

Its personnel were officially stationed there to test Arctic construction methods and carry out research. Scientists based at the camp did, indeed, drill the first ice core samples ever used to study the earth’s climate, obtaining data still cited today, according to William Colgan, a climate and glacier scientist from the Lassonde school of engineering at Toronto’s York University, and the lead author of the study.

In reality, the camp served as cover for something altogether different – a project so immense and so secret that not even the Danish government was informed of its existence.

“They thought it would never be exposed,” said Colgan. “Back then, in the 60s, the term global warming had not even been coined. But the climate is changing, and the question now is whether what’s down there is going to stay down there.”

The study suggests it is not.



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19 Responses to Iceworm Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Unintended circumstances as only the Army can create using the most deadly materials available.

    Another fine mess.


  2. º¿carol says:

    David B. Benson says:
    September 27, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    I just opened the Detroit Free Press.
    Because you had a speedy internet. Did I not mention that my carrier slowed my speed down to dial-up speed? That’s why it wouldn’t open. It wasn’t the Free Press’ fault.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Indian Summer doesn’t happen until November, unless things are different where you live, Doc.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Cool, cloudy and drizzly today. I guess Fall is finally here. Tomorrow I’ll drain the pool water down so Friday Pete and I can wrestle the new winter cover I bought. We haven’t covered the pool since the first winter after we bought the pool in 1985. We’re long overdue to do that. It takes me forever to clean the debris from the pool bottom, and to get the water ready for swimming. The winter cover is going to save me a ton of time in the spring.


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Issac Stern has an interesting opinion piece about HRC on the Huffington Post today.


  6. Den says:

    Still trying to nail down an efficient vehicle to drive beside the Blue Beast.


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Chores done, should go stick walking.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Just north to Larry Street and back in 36 minutes. A bird which flaps lots for slow progress; a hawk immediately followed by a large murder of crows; the hawk flew up to perch in the tall evergreens, the crows progressed on southward.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    What happened to Datsun? I saw a well preserved Datsun roadster yesterday, but never see much of that brand anymore.


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