I keep hearing about this Geocities thing. Maybe some day I will try it.

Biggest iceberg in history

1 trillion tonnes and 5800 square kilometres.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-12/huge-iceberg-breaks-away-from-antarctica-larsen-c-shelf/8703238
Permalink , Cup 
July 12th, 2017 11:41am
ha ha fucked that up. It was supposed to be biggest ice cube. oh well
Permalink , Cup 
July 12th, 2017 11:42am
I think it's more like a 1,000 foot thick "State Of Delaware" sized (and shaped, for that matter) ice island.

One TRILLION tons of ice.  Yowsa.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:01pm
I've read "the size of the province of Gelderland" and "twice the size of Luxembourg" here.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
July 12th, 2017 12:05pm
Nice, we can use all that water to make northern Africa green again!

MNAGA
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:05pm
Which way is it headed? Central Australia sure could use the fresh water.
Permalink Shylock 
July 12th, 2017 12:06pm
Heh, heh, heh.  Since it broke off of Antarctica, I'm sure it's headed "North".  But that's not terribly helpful.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:07pm
Can we tow it? Water mining business startup! Who's with me?
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:09pm
That's more fun than slinging computer code.
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:09pm
It will be very interesting to see what becomes of it.
Permalink Shylock 
July 12th, 2017 12:10pm
I think the piece that broke off is due south of South America.  Not sure about the currents in that area -- might head for Africa.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:10pm
There is one big stormy rotating stream around Antarctica.

The large sheet will break up there.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
July 12th, 2017 12:13pm
Oh, man, somebody put an engine on that thing!
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:18pm
Maybe wind-power?  Sails?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:19pm
Huh? No, how's about big diesel engines like this one?

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2013/03/the-largest-and-most-powerful-diesel.html
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:20pm
You need 100 of those engines! Hubble, you are in charged. Why didn't I hire a mechanical engineer????
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:21pm
They have tried the iceberg tug thing, but since I didn't hear about it for years, I assume it was not a success.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
July 12th, 2017 12:22pm
Somebody call Elon Musk, this is right up his alley.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 12th, 2017 12:24pm
The problem is that thing will melt as soon as it goes up to Africa. You need to mine it and pump into container ships.
Permalink WorldRoverski 
July 12th, 2017 12:26pm
You can catch near infinite amounts of tankers full of melt water each summer from Greenland.

Yet transport by tanker is expensive for water.

There is enough precipitation on earth, the problem is getting it to certain locations or saving it for the right time.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
July 12th, 2017 12:35pm
Tow it in winter so it won't melt.
Permalink Bill 
July 12th, 2017 2:57pm
Not the biggest in history.

In 1956 Antarctica calved two icebergs that were both larger than this one.
Permalink Bill 
July 12th, 2017 4:03pm
>ha ha fucked that up. It was supposed to be biggest ice cube. oh well

Is so not a cube. Anybody want to guess the cube edge length if it were one?
Permalink trollop 
July 13th, 2017 5:11am
Hub said a TRILLION tonnes so that cube would have 1000m square sides. 

Biggish. Chip me off a bit from a deep core for my glass of fizz - I don't care much for modern pollutants.
Permalink trollop 
July 13th, 2017 5:18am
For Shylock, here is the forecast from the Lake Eyre Yacht Club:

http://www.lakeeyreyc.com/Status/latest.html


I think they maintain visitors'rights with the (unbeaten) Darwin Ice Hockey Club
http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/only-in-the-territory/darwin-social-ice-hockey-challenge-calgary-flame-to-a-match-at-mindil-beach/news-story/1c4aa990737953a6934e55b70baf6c2d

and the (very exalted) Cooper Pedy Opal Fields Golf Club.
https://www.cooberpedy.sa.gov.au/page.aspx?u=181&c=395

NB: The only Golf Club in the world with reciprocal playing rights with the 'home of golf', St. Andrews in Scotland.

Go fuck yourself, Trump.
Permalink trollop 
July 13th, 2017 5:27am
"We'll have a lot of Vegemite and VB for breakfast for strength," he said.
Permalink Shylock 
July 13th, 2017 6:20am

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