by Sorcha Faal (as reported to her Russian Subscribers)

from WhatDoesItMean Website

The world this morning continues to reel from the continuing effects on our planet’s ionospheres from the continued bombardment of energy surges in the Southern Hemispheric Regions.

Acting upon the urgent pleadings from the United States, President Putin has ordered the historically Great Russian Icebreaking ship Krasin to join with the Americans Coast Guards in the rescue mission of the American Antarctica research station McMurdo. The head of this Russian Antarctica expedition Valery Lukin has said,

"Five icebergs have run aground near the station and ice cannot flow out from the bay. The ice is 3.5 meters thick in the bay, and the station supply is difficult."

While we in Russia have been following with much urgency this rescue mission for the 5,000 inhabitants of McMurdo Station, the Western media are continuing to keep their people from knowing about these events. More surprising to us has been that the Americans own scientific organization NASA has stated,

“The National Science Foundation (NSF) officials said that the B-15A iceberg and the frozen Sound will not interfere with supply ship access to McMurdo Station, the U. S. logistics hub for much of the nation's research activity in Antarctica.”

The continued breakings up of the great ice sheets of Antarctica are virtually unknown to the Western people. But how much longer they can continue to be deceived, when even the Western media can’t refuse the reporting of the massive icebergs flowing throughout the Southern Hemispheric waters, is a question many of us are asking of ourselves.

“Icebergs have been sighted in New Zealand waters for the first time in 57 years, prompting a warning to shipping in the region.”, says one of these media reports by the Canadian news organization, CBC.

The direness of these present events are best said in a media article from Ireland that says,

"Currently there is “more fast (blocked) ice in McMurdo Sound (click image right to enlarge - taken December 13 2004) than we’ve ever recorded in living history for this time of year,” he said, adding that the iceberg has been stopping normal winds and water currents from breaking up sea ice in McMurdo Sound."

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Russian icebreaker to rescue U.S. base

Moscow, Russia, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A Russian icebreaker sent to rescue a U.S. Antarctic base is halfway there, Interfax news agency reported Thursday.

The icebreaker Krasin left Vladivostock on Russia's Pacific coast on Dec. 21 and is scheduled to rendezvous with an American icebreaker on the outer edge of the Antarctic ice pack on Jan. 20, Interfax said. The two ships will then seek to rescue the McMurdo research base.

The base at McMurdo Sound is the main scientific base of the Antarctica program of the U.S. National Science Foundation. The Krasin will clear the way for cargo ships carrying fuel, food and medicines. Otherwise the McMurdo station personnel would have to be evacuated, Interfax said

The rescue operation was requested by the U.S. government.

Traditionally, two icebreakers of the U.S. Coast Guard, Polar Sea and Polar Star, cater to the needs of the McMurdo station. However, their capacity is several times smaller than that of the Krasin and one of them is currently being repaired, the news agency said.


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ST. PETERSBURG. Dec 30 (Interfax-Northwest) - The Krasin icebreaker of Russia and an icebreaker of the U.S. Coast Guard will start a joint operation to help the U.S. McMurdo station in Antarctica on January 20, head of the Russian Antarctica expedition Valery Lukin told Interfax on Thursday.

"Five icebergs have run aground near the station and ice cannot flow out from the bay. The ice is 3.5 meters thick in the bay, and the station supply is difficult," Lukin said.

McMurdo is the largest station in Antarctica, which can host about 5,000 people at the same time.


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Giant Iceberg on Collision Course with Ice Tongue

by BJS at 12/27/2004 - 08:19


What happens when the largest free floating thing on the planet crashes? We might find out in a couple of days. NASA satellites have witnessed a 100-mile-long iceberg near McMurdo Research station move like a battering ram toward Drygalski Ice Tongue. "It's a clash of the titans, a radical and uncommon event," says Robert Bindshadler, a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and if the two giant slabs of ice collide, we could see one of the best demolition derbies on the planet.

When the iceberg and the ice tongue collide, the impact will likely "dent their bumpers," says Bindshadler. The edges could crumple and ice could pile or drift into the Ross Sea. But if the B-15A iceberg picks up enough speed before the two collide, the results could be more spectacular. The Drygalski Ice Tongue could break off.

The ice tongue is thick ice that grows out over the Ross Sea from a land-based glacier on Antarctica's Scott Coast. "Ice tongues do break off on occasion," says Bindshadler. "It would only take one thin area on the ice tongue to make it break off." There's no guarantee that the Drygalski Ice Tongue will break off, but "this is the toughest blow it has ever had to deal with."

"That Ice tongue has no reason for staying intact" says Waleed Abdalati, researcher with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, but Bindshadler points out, it may not break up either. The results depend on the movement of the B-15A iceberg.

The B-15A iceberg is a 3,000-square-kilometer (1,200-square-mile) behemoth that has a history of causing problems. It is the largest fragment of a much larger iceberg that broke away from the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000. Scientists believe that the enormous piece of ice broke away as part of a long-term natural cycle (every 50-to-100 years, or so) in which the shelf, which is roughly the size of Texas, sheds pieces much as human fingernails grow and break off.

The berg initially drifted toward McMurdo Sound and grounded near Cape Crozier on Ross Island. It has since broken into pieces, the largest of which is B-15A.

This year, B-15A has trapped sea ice in McMurdo Sound. The currents that normally break the ice into pieces and sweep it out into the Ross Sea have not been able to clean out the Sound, so winter's thick ice remains intact.

The build-up of ice presents significant problems for Antarctic residents. Penguins must now swim great distances to reach open waters and food. Adult penguins may not be able to make the trip and return with food for their young. As a result, many chicks could starve, says Antarctica New Zealand, the government organization that oversees New Zealand's Antarctic research, in the Associated Press.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) officials said that the B-15A iceberg and the frozen Sound will not interfere with supply ship access to McMurdo Station, the U. S. logistics hub for much of the nation's research activity in Antarctica. The U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star left Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 4 and should reach the edge of the sea ice around Dec. 27. It will begin immediately to cut a channel in the sea ice for the supply ships.

Ironically, a collision between the iceberg and the ice tongue could make things easier for both penguins and ships. If the ice tongue collapses, the way may be opened for sea ice to escape the Sound.

There is no guarantee that satellite will see a great demolition because the berg's fate is unclear. The berg's future depends on unpredictable winds, tides and other forces, but possibilities include colliding with the floating Drygalski Ice Tongue, or continuing north, eventually melting. If the collision happens, the impact could come as soon as Dec. 24.

If the collision occurs as predicted, this could be an event that we witness again and again. The tides that drive the iceberg's motion tend to push it in circles. "If B-15A bangs the ice tongue once, it could bang it again," says Bindshadler. With multiple daily views of the Ross Sea, NASA satellites will be there to watch the show.


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