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Rubber Duckies to Help Track Speed of Melting Glaciers
foxnews ^

Posted on 11/23/2008 1:47:48 AM PST by JoeProBono

Challenged to probe under Greenland's glaciers, NASA robotics expert Alberto Behar wondered what mechanism might endure sub-zero cold, the pressure of mile-thick ice and currents that sometimes exceed the flow rate of Niagara Falls. As Dr. Behar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory soon discovered, though, there isn't much money for global-warming experiments in Greenland... Unfazed, he thought of one device that might survive such extremes at a cost his field expedition could readily afford — a two-dollar rubber duck. Each duck was imprinted with an e-mail address and, in three languages, the offer of a reward.

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TOPICS: Science; Weather
KEYWORDS: climate; glaciers; godsgravesglyphs; nasa; rubberduck; thorheyerdahl; thorheyerduck
Consequently, Dr. Behar and his colleagues at the University of Colorado this past August released 90 yellow rubber ducks into the melt water flowing down a chasm in the largest of Greenland's 200 glaciers — the Jakobshavn Isbrae — which has been thinning rapidly since 1997.

Long-Lost Rubber Duckies Head for British Beaches Each duck was imprinted with an e-mail address and, in three languages, the offer of a reward.

If all goes well, Dr. Behar hopes that one day they will emerge 30 miles or so away at the glacier's edge in the open water of Disko Bay near Ilulissat, bobbing brightly amid the icebergs north of the Arctic Circle, each one a significant clue to just how warming temperatures may speed the glacier's slide to the sea.


1 posted on 11/23/2008 1:47:48 AM PST by JoeProBono
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2 posted on 11/23/2008 1:50:48 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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3 posted on 11/23/2008 3:04:42 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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4 posted on 11/23/2008 3:08:28 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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5 posted on 11/23/2008 3:09:44 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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6 posted on 11/23/2008 3:11:06 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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7 posted on 11/23/2008 3:14:04 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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8 posted on 11/23/2008 3:20:07 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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9 posted on 11/23/2008 3:21:59 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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10 posted on 11/23/2008 3:23:16 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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11 posted on 11/23/2008 3:27:23 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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180 bucks for some ducks....2 million grant bucks for some quacks.


12 posted on 11/23/2008 4:06:51 AM PST by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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Sesame Street - Little Richard sings "Rubber duckie"
13 posted on 11/23/2008 4:11:12 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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Quack


14 posted on 11/23/2008 4:11:14 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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15 posted on 11/23/2008 4:20:32 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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=8-0


16 posted on 11/23/2008 4:21:25 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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17 posted on 11/23/2008 4:26:41 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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Not to be confused with these rubber duckies

http://www.seabean.com/ThingsThatFloat/duckies/


18 posted on 11/23/2008 4:31:58 AM PST by Roccus (Someday it'll all make sense.............maybe.)
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Microwaved rubber ducky!

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Rubber-Ducky Cake

Rubber Ducky drink recipe

Elwood Blues Rubber Ducky

19 posted on 11/23/2008 4:38:04 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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Beam me to Planet Gore !

20 posted on 11/23/2008 4:48:39 AM PST by steelyourfaith
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Love it!


21 posted on 11/23/2008 4:56:44 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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He's on a mission
22 posted on 11/23/2008 4:58:40 AM PST by Gone_Postal (We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat)
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23 posted on 11/23/2008 5:00:17 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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Been done. Thousands of rubber ducks to land on British shores after 15 year journey.... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-464768/Thousands-rubber-ducks-land-British-shores-15-year-journey.html


24 posted on 11/23/2008 5:02:05 AM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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I’d wager that a significant number won’t make it to their destination - having been frozen in place by the recent onset of Global Cooling. But we’ll never hear about that, thanks to liberal academia and journalism.


25 posted on 11/23/2008 5:34:24 AM PST by Apparatchik ("Hope" is not a course of action. "Change" is a not a policy.)
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Find one of the ducks and take it one a distant vacation spot. Release it in a place like Cancun, Hawaii, or better yet, a stream or pond in a landlocked country on an different continent.


26 posted on 11/23/2008 6:00:42 AM PST by Dutch Boy
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Cool


27 posted on 11/23/2008 6:12:13 AM PST by JoeProBono ( Loose Associations - Postcards from My Mind)
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Something silly I wrote:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1150440/posts


28 posted on 11/23/2008 5:14:54 PM PST by NellieMae (Here...... common sense,common sense,common sense,where'd ya go... common sense......)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks JoeProBono.

Note: this topic is from November 23, 2008.

Blast from the Past.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


29 posted on 05/22/2012 9:38:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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