The Greenland ice sheet receives about a metre of snow every year, and most of it never sees any melting. With summer in full swing at -14C, they are digging their way out before next winter hits in about eight weeks.
In 1988, some US planes from WWII were found buried under 260 feet of ice, which had accumulated over 46 years.
World War II Planes Found in Greenland In Ice 260 Feet Deep
Published: August 04, 1988
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Six American fighter planes and two bombers that crash-landed in Greenland in World War II have been found 46 years later buried under 260 feet of ice, searchers said today.
A group from Atlanta said it found what became known as the ”lost squad-ron” last month and plans to tunnel into the ice and lside the eight air-planes to the surface.
Richard Taylor, one of the leaders of the successful expedition, said today that he and another leader, Pat Epps, were ”going to fly two of them off the ice.”
The other planes will be dismantled and returned to the United States for restoration, he said. Some will be sold to pay for the expedition.
”We have a meeting tomorrow with a contractor from Seattle who is accustomed to doing Arctic work,” Mr. Taylor said.
The saga of the flights began July 15, 1942, as the two B-17 bombers escorted six P-38 fighters from greenland to Reykjavik, Iceland. They ran into bad weather. A German submarine jammed their communications with Reykjavik, and the planes low on fuel and unable to find their destination, returned to Greenland, where they belly-landed on the ice about 10 miles inland.
Alarmists go into mindless Tharn staring at glacial ice calving at the margins of Greenland, without realizing that it started as glacial ice accumulating in the interior. They just aren’t very intelligent people.