Visualizing The Greenland Meltdown


The Greenland Summit camp is on stilts, so that they can jack it up to keep it from getting buried by the metre of meltdown which accumulates every year.


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14 Responses to Visualizing The Greenland Meltdown

  1. Brian G Valentine says:

    Where are the wind turbines that supply power for this operation? It must be a drag to get up on the roof and clean snow off the solar panels all the time.

    I don’t see an awful lot of evidence that much emphasis has been placed on Clean Energy and Recycling. Shame to have to ruin the environment like that just to prove that it snows in Greenland all the time.

  2. edcaryl says:

    There are two reasons for the stilts:
    As you said, to keep the accumulated snow from burying the building,
    But also to keep the heated building from melting the snow and ice and sinking. All the buildings at Thule Airbase are built that way to keep them from sinking into the permafrost. This is common practice in the Arctic.

    • Me says:

      It is now but all the buildings on Thule Air base are not built that way. Mess Hall isn’t, Hangars aren’t, If I remember the BX isn’t, not sure about the TOW club.

      • Me says:

        In fact if you really want to get down to it, none of the buildings in Thule are built like the one above, although allot of them are built on steel frames, some what elevated above ground, and allot are skirted to the ground, but not like the one above.

  3. gator69 says:

    The stilts are there to protect the station from a dangerous increase in sea level, brought on by the current massive meltdown. You cannot see the lifeboat, as it is lashed to the far side, next to the water slide.

  4. Andy DC says:

    At least they may survive flooding if Ernesto or Florence should hit Greenland.

  5. Andyj says:

    I wonder if the 6 storey tall DYE-2 station been completely subsumed in wintertime yet?
    Dye-2, central Greenland, just erected:

    This is a better “as new” photo (DYE-3):

    Extended in height 3 times before being abandoned.

  6. Ockham says:

    In 1942 a squadron of p-38 fighters on route to England was forced to land on the Greenland icecap due to bad weather. Fifty years later a team recovered one of the planes (dubbed Glacier Gal) by digging and melting a hole through 268 feet of ice. So, in 50 years, that particular Greenland glacier gained ice … a lot of ice! Global warming just hadn’t ‘kicked in’ yet.

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