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Oceans and Seas » Arctic January 8th 2009

Did anyone see this in the news? Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979 No, and why not? Because the media is being controlled. I did a search on the BBC for this and look what comes up: url= Search BBC for "Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979" Think about that next time they show a photo of a poor ickle polar bear being forced to swim due to “lack of polar ice”. Did you know a polar bear can swim at over 6mph for many hours at a time? Michael Phelps can only manage 4.7mph over 100 metres. The current world record for the 1500m freestyle (long course) 14 minutes, 34.56 seconds, set by Grant Hackett in 2001. You could give Grant a five minute head start and your average ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Arctic December 25th 2008

Thursday 25th Back at sea and all caught up with journaling from previous days, I feel awkwardly energized by a long sleep and a few cups of tea. The ship’s historian, Steve, gathered us ‘round the lounge for story time. Today it was Shakleton’s adventure. While Steve is a particularly grumpy old man onshore, he is equally charming at storytime onboard. When he gives his stories, it is like he was there with the explorers recounting what happened as though he witnessed it firsthand. While the story of Shakleton is mostly about the Endurance, the earlier Nimrod expedition was Shakleton’s most successful attempt. Another interesting tidbit was that the endurance was originally the Polaris, a boat made by Belgian voyager ?Gerlache?, who thought it would be a good idea to set up a sturdy ship for ... read more

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