These two photos, taken in the late 1980s, show that
the Antarctic Ice Sheet is growing thicker.
|Construction Crane Buried in Ice
- In the mid 1960s, ITT built a power transmission
line in Antarctica. The transmission towers stood
115 feet tall.
- As you can see in these photos, all but the top
30 feet of the towers are now buried in ice.
- And the crane used to build the towers will soon
be totally covered by ice. (By the way. If you
know what kind of crane this is, or how tall it
is, please let me know.)
- Not only are the power transmission towers being
buried, so are the Antarctic research stations
- The old Byrd Station has been shut down because
it is buried beneath 40 to 50 feet of ice and snow and is slowly being crushed.
- The old South Pole station is also buried beneath
- So is the old Siple station.
- The current South Pole station is also slowly
being buried. A new station is now being built on
top of the ice to replace it.
info comes from Robert Holmes. Mr Holmes travels
to Antarctica yearly, where he builds and
maintains research stations.
The Antarctic Ice Sheet covers five million
square miles. The Greenland Ice Sheet covers
another 700,000 square miles. Combined, they're
twice as big as the contiguous United States.
Combined, they're 100 times bigger than all the
rest of the world's glaciers put together.
Glaciers are growing in other areas, too. Some
glaciers on Canada's Baffin Island are as large
or larger than at any time during the past 33,000
years; perhaps the past 60,000 years.
In fact, glaciers are growing around the world.
See list of
The next ice age has begun . . . and we don't
even know it.
Towers Buried in Ice Sheet
|If you or someone you know has
seen these towers -
or actually worked on them -
I'd love to hear from you.