I love ice. And the way my dualistic brain works, I immediately think of its opposite. Do any of you think like that? I seem hardwired that way.
So, really, today I started thinking about ice by first thinking about heat waves. I live in BC, Canada and we are in the midst of a heat wave that breaks 100-year-old records and forest fires are burning intensely in the interior. So, uh huh, the planet is definitely warming. And, it’s warming at different rates in different locations. In Antarctica, there is a region on the Antarctic Peninsula which has warmed the most on the planet near the Verdansky (formerly Faraday) Station. A lot pictures in this slideshow are from the Antarctica Peninsula and most of the ice in these photos is long gone.
Close to my home, the ice is also melting. Our namesake Glacier, the Comox Valley Glacier is receding at a rapid pace. Some estimates say the glacier will have wasted away in the next 25 years. The first image in this slideshow is from the Comox Glacier. The last 3 images are from Iceland. The remainder of the images are from Antarctica.
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I always thought that we should have some sort of digital graphic showing us/reminding us right downtown in Courtenay in the Comox Valley that the ice in our glacier is disappearing quickly by earth-standards. It just seems slow by human standards. There’s a good article on the Comox Glacier in the Smithsonian which looks at time and how we think of time and climate change.
So, things to do to slow climate change? Well, you probably know a heap of them so I won’t go into that here. Just don’t fall for the naysayers that say “it ain’t happening”—they usually have a financial agenda attached to their “idea”. But I love ice and it’s worth just looking at it to see how creative and staggeringly beautiful wild nature is.
So, here’s to keeping cool with some frosty pics.
Bye for now.