Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Christchurch to host 1st IceFest in September 2012

Christchurch will host its first IceFest in September 2012.  This new festival is to celebrate the 100 year connection the city has with Antarctica as one of the main jumping off points.  The IceFest will turn Hadley Park into an Ice Station.  The event will include a hovercraft, an ice skating rink, recreations of historic huts, and talks on Antarctic topics.

The dates for the first IceFest are September 14 through October 14, 2012.  The festival is expected to be a biennial event (i.e. held every 2 years).

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Monday, May 14, 2012

American Antarctic food waste burned in Seattle

I found this article about the burning of the American Antarctic food waste in Seattle interesting.  I knew that all the waste had to be removed from the continent and was done at the end of every summer season, but I did not realize at least part of the trash was taken all the way back to Seattle to be disposed of/burned.  On the one hand it seems odd to transport it so far, but at the same time it is nice that it is not being outsourced to another country to take care of or have to deal with.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Endless Sea wreck leaking oil in Antarctica

Last month the Endless Sea capsized and sunk in Antarctica.  The weather has been too harsh for them to dive and check on the oil damage, but news has now been released that it is in fact leaking oil.  The extent of the leak remains unknown, though.  Due to winter setting in, there is not much they can do about it until warmer weather arrives in Antarctica.

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