Digging Out Of The Ice In Greenland

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

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.

World War II Planes Found in Greenland In Ice 260 Feet Deep – New York Times

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.

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13 Responses to Digging Out Of The Ice In Greenland

  1. Tomwys says:

    And it is sunny too!!! This means that crystalline snow will granualarize faster, and thus remain in place as it firns up, eventually adding to the ice alreadt there!

    Looks like they’ll be raising the stilts again to keep the Com hut above the snow!

  2. John B., M.D. says:

    How did they find the planes if they were hidden under 260 feet of ice?

  3. tckev says:

    But your children will be taught the correct message-
    “Summary: For the first time, new national educational standards for grades K-12 will link global warming trends to manmade emissions.”

    Nice stories such as this –
    The Last Polar Bear – A Children’s Story. (Taken from an original story in LA.LA.Times)

    The last, fatal, ice cube left in the Arctic melted when the nasty old people locked a canary in dirty old coal mine, and as she fluttered about she accidentally moved the rock that released the little alpha particle that started the chain reaction in good old Mr Hansen’s final 400,000th atomic bomb of the day. This explosion shook the ground under the nasty smelly diesel truck balanced on the edge of the cliff, pushing it passed its tipping point, so liberating from its load the final straw that broke the camel’s back. It was that camel’s dying breath that pushed the CO2 level up the last 0.0001 ppm and over the point of no return.

    Now that’s what killed the last beautiful polar bear, children. For that final, lonely polar bear, was seen balancing on that last piece of melting ice. And when it melted he, and all polar bears, gone…Forever.
    Now remember children, your unfortunate old parents will never understand what they have done when they forced those poor little canary birds down those dirty old coal mines. So we feel sorry for them, OK, and their stupidity.

  4. One small correction, Dave. At 264 feet, or 79.2 metres, divided by the 70 years (not 50) since July 15, 1942 averages at 1.13 metres a year or 3 foot nine inches. Some tipping point, eh?

    • daveburton says:

      Nope. Believe it or not, it’s been a few days short of 20 years since they pulled the last piece of Glacier Girl from under the ice:
      “On July 15, 1992, fifty years to the day later, 74-year-old Brad McManus stood on the ice cap surrounded by the recovered pieces of his late friend Harry Smith’s P-38…”Recovery of Glacier Girl

  5. lanceap says:

    I hope they restore the ice they remove to get those planes, otherwise, they will measure 264 feet of ice loss!!!

  6. Eric Webb says:

    Wow, and the alarmists say Greenland has been warming? Guess you cant really adjust this data huh?Wow these AGW alarmists are truly mindless, pathetic, eco-freak zombies.

  7. Billy Liar says:

    I see they are building a half-pipe for the forthcoming summer snowboard championships.

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