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It's loud and it's violent but it's the only way to finally open up the long resistant, frigid Arctic.

I disagree.  I think another strategy would be to fill that atmosphere with IR absorbing gases to increase the earth's mean temperature enough to prevent the ice forming.  Possible gases include various fluorocarbons, light hydrocarbons and gaseous oxides.

by njh on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 05:50:20 AM EST
fill that atmosphere with IR absorbing gases to increase the earth's mean temperature enough to prevent the ice forming

I never would have guessed that something like this could be tried. If I knew this was a possible option, I would have figured out a way to work it into this story. Perhaps I'll fit it into the next one.

by Jace on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 11:51:30 AM EST
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But the opening of the Arctic is not just about new shipping routes. There are vast resources that lie, unexploited, beneath the ice: oil, minerals, fisheries. To take full advantage of this, stronger, larger and more powerful ships are needed. And they're coming, quickly.

Meaning no dis to your fine, captivating writing, there's something about that quote that gives me the shivers. we could be taking a different tack towards to how we live here, no? Aren't we long past the damage threshold?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 02:08:23 PM EST
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That's exactly the point. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead...
by Jace on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 02:48:46 PM EST
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roger, check.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Mon Mar 28th, 2011 at 03:06:30 PM EST
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