Antarctic Iceberg Mission Thwarted by … Ice

first_img When one of the largest-ever icebergs broke free from the Larsen C Ice Shelf last year, scientists welcomed the chance to study the newly exposed ocean and underlying seabed—covered for 120,000 years.Like a teenager slamming their bedroom door in defiance, the 2,300-square-mile A68 iceberg’s calving is normal, if not dramatic.Researchers are mostly interested in its impact on the stability of the remaining Antarctic ice shelf. Further north on the peninsula, the Larsen A and B ledges collapsed in 1995 and 2002, respectively.AdChoices广告“This resulted in the dramatic acceleration of the glaciers behind them, with larger volumes of ice entering the ocean and contributing to sea-level rise,” according to glaciologist David Vaughan, Director of Science at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). “If Larsen C now starts to retreat significantly and eventually collapses, then we will see another contribution to sea level rise.”A team of scientists set off last month on a mission to investigate the hidden ecosystem. But their three-week tour aboard BAS research ship RRS James Clark Ross was cut short—ironically, by sea ice.“We knew that getting through the sea ice to reach Larsen C would be difficult,” marine biologist and principal investigator Katrin Linse, of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “Naturally, we are disappointed not to get there but safety must come first.”Chunks up to 16 feet thick stonewalled the boat, which moved just five miles in 24 hours. On Feb. 28, the captain made the “difficult decision” to end the trip.“Mother Nature has not been kind to us on our mission,” Linse said.Luckily, they had a Plan B: Head north to untouched areas to sample the benthic biodiversity. (That is, the ecological region at the lowest level of a body of water.)The international team spent the final week of their cruise collecting seafloor animals, microbes, plankton, sediments, and water samples, as well as marine mammals and birds that might have moved into the area.Antarctic brittle star (via British Antarctic Survey)These findings will provide a better picture of life under the ice shelf and allow researchers to track changes to the ecosystem.Scientists have long debated the cause of Larsen Ice Shelf thinning—climate or ocean change?—but knew the splintering was imminent, based on satellite imagery.“Larsen C itself might be a result of climate change, but in other ice shelves we see cracks forming, which we don’t believe have any connection to climate change,” Vaughan said.Earth’s southernmost continent is in no immediate danger, though.“We see no obvious signal that climate warming is causing the whole of Antarctica to break up,” he continued. “However, around the Antarctic Peninsula, where we saw several decades of warming through the latter half of the 20th century, we have seen these ice shelves collapsing and ice loss increasing.” Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change DiscoveryCyborg Seals Help Explain Mysterious Antarctic Ice Holes Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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8 Bizarre Pie Flavors for Your National Pie Day Fix

first_imgSour and sweet make a heavenly combo for Monster Pie’s lemon pie: You’ll have to travel to Busan, South Korea to try this scrumptious dessert, however, it’s worth the trip.Maple and Bacon Pie Stargazy pie, a staple from County Road Beer Co. in Ontario, Canada, is a strange dish you’ll have to try at some point. *Spoiler alert* the fish make eye contact with you from the savory crust, so this isn’t for the faint of heart.Lemon Pie PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site Stay on target Coca-Cola in pie? Yes, it’s possible. Luna’s Eat & Drink in Orange Beach, Alabama, created a peanut and Coca-Cola pie that will blow other sweets away.More on Geek.com:Feast Your Eyes on the 10 Weirdest Pizza Flavors10 Wackiest Pumpkin Spice Products You Can Buy‘Yuck’ Becomes ‘Yum’ at the Disgusting Food Museum The weird combination of booze and meat makes a wicked good treat at Shepherd’s Artisan Bakehouse in Sefton, Australia.Cereal Killer Cheesecake Pie Salad condiments can be used in baked goods, too: Underbelly Hospitality, a Houston-based restaurant company, makes a mean vinegar pie.Coca-Cola Pie This cereal killer cheesecake pie from The Pie Hole in Los Angeles is way better than the food you eat for breakfast.Mac and Cheese Pie It might not be the holidays anymore, but pie is one of the best desserts you can eat all year long. A flaky crust, fluffy interior, and slightly sweet taste make pie a meal worth splurging on.However, pie wasn’t always a popular dish worldwide: According to the American Pie Council, pie didn’t come to the U.S. until the first English settlers landed there. Over the years, pie has become a major part of U.S. culture, and depending on where you travel in the nation, you can eat different pies in each region.Photo Credit: Lucy Heath/UnsplashThe U.S. isn’t the only place to grab tasty pie though: Other nations, including Germany and South Korea, serve up some yummy creations by the slice, Travel  + Leisure reported. Whether you’re craving goat cheese or lemons, there’s a pie out there that will satisfy your taste buds.In honor of National Pie Day, which is Jan. 23, we’ve rounded up the most bizarre pie flavors you can try. If you’re feeling adventurous, prepare your taste buds for cereal killer cheesecake pie, vinegar pie, Coca-Cola pie, and other weirdly scrumptious types of pies.Beef and Beer Pie Your #brunchgoals will be complete with this maple and bacon pie from Sweet N’ Savory Pie in Seattle.Vinegar Pie Boomerang’s makes your favorite comfort food in pie form: Their mac and cheese pie might ruin your winter diet plans.Stargazy Pielast_img read more

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