Lost Science Monday


Within them sits some 80,000 years of history, offering researchers tantalising clues about climate change and the Earth’s past. At least that was the case – until the precious cache of Arctic ice cores was hit by warming temperatures.

A freezer malfunction at the University of Alberta in Edmonton has melted part of the world’s largest collection of ice cores from the Canadian Arctic, reducing some of the ancient ice into puddles.

“For every ice-core facility on the planet, this is their No1 nightmare,” said glaciologist Martin Sharp.

The ice cores – long cylinders extracted from glaciers – contain trapped gasses and particles that offer a glimpse into atmospheric history.

“When you lose part of an ice core,” Sharp said, “you lose part of the record of past climates, past environments – an archive of the history of our atmosphere. You just don’t have easy access to information about those past time periods.”

The university had recently acquired the dozen cores, or 1.4km (0.9 miles) of ice, drilled from five locations in the Canadian Arctic, and carefully transported them from Ottawa to Edmonton.

@ TG

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11 Responses to Lost Science Monday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    Why we need electricity all the time.


  2. Den says:

    Well, pack up and go get some more if there is any ice left to bore, before it is all gone.

    And fix the damn freezer, sheesh.


  3. Den says:

    US approaching Dictatorship, Turkey approaching Dictatorship, Philippines approaching Dictatorship, Malaysia approaching Dictatorship, India approaching Dictatorship.

    Coincidence? Or a deliberate plan by unseen players?


  4. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    After the longgggg download, Kaspersky up and running, with no problems, on Bob’s computer.


  5. Carol ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶ says:

    Since I have no Quincy today, didn’t have to cook, weather was perfect I went outside, hooked the cart to my tractor and collected the stick piles I put everywhere. Mowed the trails on the property next door, even forged two new trails, then cleaned up the area by the back deck and rolled the barbecue from the garage patio to that spot…these things are getting harder to do every year.

    Can’t wait to go for my walk, especially on the trails next door.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Same route in an even slower 55 minutes. A tidings of magpies in the old tree; maybe a butterfly in a bush; a lady-bird beetle. Nice sunshine.

    Day 2: 54+55=109 minutes.


  7. Den says:

    Lost Curly Science:


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Home from the harpsichord concert. This is a just acquired instrument with a peaceable kingdom painting inside the lid; dual manuals. A guest came and improvised on it. Lovely.


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