Brit Scientists Flee “Halloween Crack” on Antarctic Ice

January 17, 2017

I’d pay to watch that movie. In fact, I think I did.

Favorite line in the clip above, “You let Jason operate the drill?”


The British Antarctic Survey is to pull all staff out of its space-age Halley base in March for safety reasons.

The highly unusual move is necessary because the Brunt Ice Shelf on which the research station sits has developed a big new crack.

BAS officials say neither staff nor the base are in any immediate danger but believe it would be prudent to withdraw while the situation is assessed.

The plan would be to go back once the Antarctic winter is over, in November.

Halley station comprises a series of hi-tech pods that are mounted on hydraulic legs and skis so that they can be moved periodically further inland, to get away from the shelf edge where icebergs are calved into the ocean.

Unpredictable situation

BAS is in the process of conducting such a move right now. The relocation is all but complete, with the last pod currently in the final stage of being shifted 23km to the new site.

The move was necessitated by a chasm that had opened up in the shelf and which threatened to cut off Halley. But this huge fissure to the west of the station is not the cause of the temporary closure.

Rather, it is another break in the ice some 17km to the north and east of the new base position. It has been dubbed the “Halloween Crack” because it was discovered on 31 October.


9 Responses to “Brit Scientists Flee “Halloween Crack” on Antarctic Ice”

  1. Tom Bates Says:

    The antarctic is not in winter, it is in the summer. Even this blog should be able to fix such an obvious error unless one is completely brain dead. In reading the posts your readers are not brain dead even if some of them are wackos so when you post stories which are simply wrong kindly do yourself a favor and correct errors as they simply make you look brain dead.

    • greenman3610 Says:

      the statement “…once the Antarctic winter is over, in November” is exactly true.
      But thanks for playing.

    • schwadevivre Says:

      Please take a class in remedial reading comprehension, Master-denier Bates

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Classes in remedial reading comprehension by definition are “remedial”, and are only meant to bring one up to a reading level consistent with their native abilities and intelligence (or perhaps a bit more if the person tries hard). In other words, if someone is dumber than a brick, no amount of “polishing” is going to make them sparkle like a diamond.

        As dumb and deluded and reading comprehension deficient as Bates is, he has once again succeeded in diverting us from the topic of this post—–the rather scary information about how the Antarctic ice is behaving very badly. Maybe Bates and the other deniers will succeed in distracting us until it is REALLY too late to do anything about it.

  2. mbrysonb Says:

    Thomas, I would suggest you seek help for your inability to read with understanding– but I’ll explain, just to fill in greenman’s correction above: In “once the winter is over,” “winter” refers to the winter of 2017; the plan is to return after the winter, in November of 2017.

  3. dumboldguy Says:

    Two great clips, and the line “You let Jason operate the drill?” IS a good one. What immediately popped into my head was “We let Tom Bates comment on Crock?” (And we always keep him from falling into the crack and disappearing forever—-why is that?)

    • Sometimes a little comedic relief lightens the load

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Nah, Bates (and Voisin and Vierotchka) ceased being “comedic relief” a long time ago. Even Russell Cook has worn very thin—–IMO, we only tolerate him because we are fascinated by the “logic wrecks” he gets into all the time—-it’s like why folks go to NASCAR races.

        PS Remember Adrian Vance, another denier kook? (Who has thankfully disappeared from Crock). What’s with all these “V’s” among the deniers? Did they run out of brains to hand out when they got to the end of the alphabet? Is “Bates” a pseudonym for someone whose real name begins with a “V”?

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