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(io9)   Eight abandoned Antarctic whaling stations. Come for the Lenin statue, stay for the Predators   (io9.com) divider line 64
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2013-04-07 11:03:38 PM
What about the ones on the moon?
 
2013-04-07 11:47:25 PM
That's really cool
 
2013-04-08 01:13:49 AM

ArkAngel: What about the ones on the moon?


There's no Lenin statue on the moon, silly! Many, many pirates however.
 
2013-04-08 01:15:39 AM
There are bowling pins assaulting teenage rainbow rangers on the moon.
 
2013-04-08 03:12:07 AM

ArkAngel: What about the ones on the moon?


www.one-quest.com

/Deception Island: looks like a safe harbor and place to set up a research station
//until the damn volcano under it erupts
 
2013-04-08 03:24:34 AM
my local bar didn't make the list.
 
2013-04-08 03:27:03 AM
Stay out of the chambers filled with big black eggs.....
 
2013-04-08 03:29:28 AM
that hammer and sickle would make a lovely room divider.
 
2013-04-08 03:54:57 AM
How do you mention a golden Soviet sign in book without providing a picture of it?
 
2013-04-08 04:05:10 AM
bullmurph.com

Buncha crazy Swedes...
 
2013-04-08 04:18:59 AM

ArkAngel: What about the ones on the moon?


Weh Whalehs on teh meun!  Weh carreh a harpeun!  But there ain't no whaels so we tell toll taels, and sing our whalen' teun!
 
2013-04-08 04:19:18 AM

HotWingAgenda: How do you mention a golden Soviet sign in book without providing a picture of it?


Well... from the pictures, the ice/snow is about 6-8 feet deeper than it was... so that's probably why.
 
2013-04-08 05:00:52 AM

ladyfortuna: the ice/snow is about 6-8 feet deeper than it was


How's that for an Inconvenient Truth?
 
2013-04-08 05:08:37 AM

FarkinNortherner: How's that for an Inconvenient Truth?


I know. That's not a change in climate at all.
 
2013-04-08 05:09:37 AM
Every bit of that was "Interesting".
 
2013-04-08 05:12:33 AM

FarkinNortherner: ladyfortuna: the ice/snow is about 6-8 feet deeper than it was

How's that for an Inconvenient Truth?


drifting snow is pretty inconvenient.
 
2013-04-08 05:37:07 AM
Thanks to this, just read about the Robert Falcon Scott expedition. Bleak.

You might even say it was Flacon bleak.
 
2013-04-08 05:37:53 AM
*Flacon. Not Flacon. That wouldn't make any sense at all.
 
2013-04-08 05:52:19 AM

swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.


"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness
 
2013-04-08 06:08:17 AM

cygnusx13: *Flacon. Not Flacon. That wouldn't make any sense at all.


Priceless.
 
2013-04-08 06:40:46 AM
buy was there any booze?
 
2013-04-08 06:44:09 AM
Where did they get the wood?
 
2013-04-08 06:45:14 AM

Shirley Ujest: Where did they get the wood?


trees
 
2013-04-08 06:48:47 AM

FarkinNortherner: swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.

"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness


That's just drifted snow. The SouthPole station was almost completely covered in a few decades, and the new buildings are on stilts so the snow can drift right by underneath.
 
2013-04-08 07:21:11 AM

FarkinNortherner: swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.

"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness


because when sea water becomes desalinated, it freezes at warmer temps? that's all i got...
 
2013-04-08 07:28:35 AM

SpdrJay: Stay out of the chambers filled with big black eggs.....


Also, don't eat the big white mint.
 
2013-04-08 07:45:08 AM
PastryChef:
That's just drifted snow. The SouthPole station was almost completely covered in a few decades, and the new buildings are on stilts so the snow can drift right by underneath.

And turn down the free insulation?
 
2013-04-08 07:50:46 AM

CeroX: FarkinNortherner: swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.

"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness

because when sea water becomes desalinated, it freezes at warmer temps? that's all i got...


That's pretty much correct. Along with that, water of different salinity levels tend not to mix, so the less dense, fresh water with the higher freezing point sits at the surface and rapidly freezes.
 
2013-04-08 07:52:36 AM
Beef loaf
 
2013-04-08 07:58:37 AM

Shakin_Haitian: That's pretty much correct. Along with that, water of different salinity levels tend not to mix, so the less dense, fresh water with the higher freezing point sits at the surface and rapidly freezes.


Interesting, thanks. I'm aware that they have to build antarctic buildings on stilts, but the 'why' was puzzling.

My geography teacher was drunk at 8.45am. I didn't learn much. Other than how to go to work on a bottle of whisky. Hic.
 
2013-04-08 08:06:45 AM

dittybopper: SpdrJay: Stay out of the chambers filled with big black eggs.....

Also, don't eat the big white mint.


Or the yellow snow
 
2013-04-08 08:11:15 AM

Mega Steve: dittybopper: SpdrJay: Stay out of the chambers filled with big black eggs.....

Also, don't eat the big white mint.

Or the yellow snow


images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-04-08 08:13:54 AM

log_jammin: Shirley Ujest: Where did they get the wood?

trees


Fluffers.
 
2013-04-08 09:06:23 AM
FTA - "There is a gun mount on the hill behind the station, and another with the original 4.1' gun on the west side of the harbour. "

That's a big farking gun!
 
2013-04-08 09:11:10 AM
Food should still be good, right? After all, it's been frozen all this time. Aged Beef Loaf, yummy, like a fine aged wine.
 
2013-04-08 09:19:31 AM
We should mount a Fark expidetion/party there to recover Lenins head and that beef loaf for the Fark museum.
 
2013-04-08 09:23:18 AM
Shackleton's hut, abandoned for a century, is still cleaner than my apartment :(
 
2013-04-08 09:24:03 AM

Huntceet: FTA - "There is a gun mount on the hill behind the station, and another with the original 4.1' gun on the west side of the harbour. "

That's a big farking gun!


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
It will come in handy
 
2013-04-08 09:28:12 AM

Huntceet: FTA - "There is a gun mount on the hill behind the station, and another with the original 4.1' gun on the west side of the harbour. "

That's a big farking gun!


It's not all *THAT* big.  I have a 3" mortar, and almost got a 4" one.

Remember that 4.1" = 104mm:

i50.tinypic.com
 
2013-04-08 09:44:01 AM

dittybopper: Huntceet: FTA - "There is a gun mount on the hill behind the station, and another with the original 4.1' gun on the west side of the harbour. "

That's a big farking gun!

It's not all *THAT* big.  I have a 3" mortar, and almost got a 4" one.

Remember that 4.1" = 104mm:

[i50.tinypic.com image 639x153]


Also remember that 4.1' means 4.1 feet.
 
2013-04-08 09:57:32 AM

PastryChef: FarkinNortherner: swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.

"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness

That's just drifted snow. The SouthPole station was almost completely covered in a few decades, and the new buildings are on stilts so the snow can drift right by underneath.


Yep, more specifically, the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is on poles so the station can be slowly jacked higher, as both new snow drifts under the station and the old snow is slowly compressed and settles from the weight of the station.

Even more interesting is the newly opened British Halley Research Station, which is entirely modular and sits on top of skis. Since the station is sitting on top of a rapidly moving ice flow (it's moving about 1/2 mile a year towards the sea), it's set on skis to keep from being pulled out into the ocean and becoming a short lived iceberg research station.

msnbcmedia.msn.com

I think it was Wired that had an interesting article a year or two ago about the difficulties of operating a server farm at one of the Antarctic research stations. From the extreme static buildup of a near zero humidity environment, to the ventilation ductwork louvers freezing over in the dead of winter; requiring someone to go out in -70 degree temps to chip off the ice. It sounded atrocious.
 
2013-04-08 10:05:10 AM

LonMead: [bullmurph.com image 500x232]

Buncha crazy Swedes...


Fires got the temp up all around the camp
 
2013-04-08 10:13:27 AM
Did those tracked vechiles have radial engines? Strange
 
2013-04-08 10:24:52 AM
The new British station looks nifty. When I was at the Pole the old dome was almost totally covered, and the structure was suffering from compression issues, one reason they removed it last year. There's an airplane buried under snow off the end of the runway, but I hear it is now too crushed to visit.
 
2013-04-08 10:29:10 AM
paging Leehouse
 
2013-04-08 10:30:35 AM

styckx: Did those tracked vechiles have radial engines? Strange

The well known Sherman tank of ww2 fame was powered by a radial engine for instance as were many others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_Sherman
 
2013-04-08 10:40:51 AM

stuhayes2010: dittybopper: Huntceet: FTA - "There is a gun mount on the hill behind the station, and another with the original 4.1' gun on the west side of the harbour. "

That's a big farking gun!

It's not all *THAT* big.  I have a 3" mortar, and almost got a 4" one.

Remember that 4.1" = 104mm:

[i50.tinypic.com image 639x153]

Also remember that 4.1' means 4.1 feet.


Largest bore on a non-muzzleloading cannon that I'm aware of is that of Schwerer Gustav, which had a bore of about 2.6'.  Even the largest modern mortars had a bore of just 3' ("modern" meaning last 150 years or so).

IOW, I knew what they meant, and artillery pendantry defeats regular pedantry by dropping 200 and firing for effect.
 
2013-04-08 10:48:19 AM
Won't last long, though...

Why don't we just wait here for awhile... see what happens.
 
2013-04-08 11:20:07 AM

Shakin_Haitian: CeroX: FarkinNortherner: swahnhennessy: I know. That's not a change in climate at all.

"Global warming" when it suits, "Climate change" when it doesn't.

/totally kidding, but I am intrigued as to why there's been so much growth in ice thickness

because when sea water becomes desalinated, it freezes at warmer temps? that's all i got...

That's pretty much correct. Along with that, water of different salinity levels tend not to mix, so the less dense, fresh water with the higher freezing point sits at the surface and rapidly freezes.


You guys do realize that unlike the North Pole, Antarctica is a land mass right? And that the buried station with the Lenin statue is hundreds of miles inland? It's literally as far as you can get from the ocean in Antarctica.
 
2013-04-08 11:35:44 AM
They would be nice to explore, but it would too darn cold for me.
 
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