OF (ANTARCTIC) ICE CUBES AND (MARTIAN) CLOUD PLUMES: PART TWO
Yesterday I blogged about all the conspiracy theories floating around about that cloud plume that recently formed on Mars, the apparent effect of outgassing from a "dormant" Martian volcano, and the questions its raises about the atmospheric conditions on that planet. Today, we take a look at another story, also one involving NASA, and one involving those strange, nearly perfectly rectilinear "icebergs" that NASA allegedly photographed off the coast of Antarctica.
I say "allegedly", because you'll recall that yesterday I made my "bit of mental reservation" about the photographs clear. Anyone - including NASA - can photoshop anything. So I'm speculating on in my usual fashion: let's assume the story is true, and that "they" are not having a bit of fun at "our" expense, and speculate on the implications. Again, so many people sent me this article that I have to extend my "generic thanks" to all of you who did so:
Now, I'm hardly an icebergologist, or whatever they call experts in icebergs. All I know about them is that you don't want to board ocean liners from Southhampton to New York while they're hanging around. But I chose this particular version of the story from Australia because there is a very short video clip at the beginning of the article, prior to the actual picture of what sure looks like a very rectilinear iceberg with four almost perfectly perpendicular corners, and four almost perfectly straight edges, almost like it had been cut from the ice sheet. We'll get back to that.
At the beginning of the video, however, as the airplane is flying over a bunch of other icebergs, one notices something...well... a little peculiar: a bunch of other icebergs, again, with nearly perfect rectilinear features, all looking that they had been fit together like jigsaw pieces in some gigantic iceberg puzzle, and had fractured apart. Again, I'm not an "icebergologist," but I do know that when I drop icecubes on my floor, and they shatter into lots of little pieces that Shiloh instantly gobbles up, that they're rarely if ever in the form of perfectly formed rectilinear little shards of ice.
Once again, we get the "nothing to see here move along" explanation:
According to scientists, the iceberg's sharp angles and flat surface are an indication that it had probably recently broken off the ice shelf.
"I often see icebergs with relatively straight edges, but I've not really seen one before with two corners at such right angles like this one," Operation IceBridge senior support scientist Jeremy Harbeck said.
And then there's the explanation for snapping the photograph itself:
"I was actually more interested in capturing the A68 iceberg that we were about to fly over, but I thought this rectangular iceberg was visually interesting and fairly photogenic, so on a lark, I just took a couple of photos," Mr Harbeck said.
The rectangular iceberg appeared to be freshly calved from Larsen C, which in July 2017 released the massive A68 iceberg, a chunk of ice about 5,000 square kilometres.
Uh huh. You decide "on a lark" to take a picture of a rectangular iceberg which is 5000 square kilometers in size, and it just happened to break off from the ice sheet in a perfectly rectilinear form. It happens all the time.
So in addition to all the strange people associated with Antarctica - and just for kicks, let's remember who some of them are:
- Reichmarschall Hermann Goering
- Kiril III, Patriarch of Moscow
- US Secretary of State John Kerrey
- Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
- Admiral Richard Byrd
- Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
- US Secretary of the Navy John Forrestal
- Rudolf Hess
- King Juan Carlos
- and some British Royals
- And Sultan Tayipp Erdogan
- and so on...
- ...oh and let's not forget Lockheed-Martin
- there have been persistent internet stories of strange things being found on Google Earth, and whatever one thinks of those stories, now we have a rectangular iceberg that was photopgraphed "on a lark."
Now, if you're like me, you're probably thinking, "there's something wrong with this picture." Why, for example, is NASA involved with Antarctica, and why is it flying planes over icerbergs to snap pictures of a rectangular iceberg "on a lark"?
In other words, it's time for some of our well-known High Octane Speculation. First speculation: NASA is snapping photos and doing overflies of rectangular icebergs because its cadre of icerbergologists has told NASA that "rectangular icebergs" just aren't normal. Speculation number two: The iceberg looks like it has been cut from the ice shelf, which raises two very important questions: (1) by whom? and (2) how? As regards the latter, one could certainly drill and plant explosives (lots of explosives) and "cut" the ice that way, but that might not result in the regularity we actually see. And who would have the time and money to do it? And why?And while we're at it, such a procedure would not account for the apparently flat top of said iceberg. But since NASA is involved, it's not unreasonable to assume that perhaps the professional icebergology community at NASA might suspect that it has something to do with space, and perhaps a space-based technology what would allow cutting a rectangular iceberg by "other means." Again, by whom? And why?
Well, one answer to the "why" might be "Lookee at what we can do with our nifty technology." (At least they didn't name the iceberg the Titanic or Olympic or Lusitania.)
When one packages all of this together - the strange people involved with the place, the strange photos that some allege they've found of "strange stuff" down there, and now the oddly geometrical "icebergs" - it seems clear to me (I don't know about you), that something mighty strange is going on down there, that "insiders" from Goering to Byrd to ...well, see the above list ... might know about it or at least some of it, and that they're keeping it secret from the rest of us.
See you on the flip side...
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