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Arctic explorers find more evidence of global thaw

Good morning friends.  The scientist had forsee the team that they can locate a thick ice which measured 3 meters.  And the thing is that they found a 1.773 meters.  The artic explorers finds more evidence of global thaw.

A team of British adventurers measuring ice conditions in the Canadian Arctic said on Wednesday they did not find the thicker, older ice that scientists expected to be there.

Instead they found only the thinner, predominantly first-year ice that is likely to melt in summer months, in what could be another sign of the impact climate change is having on the Arctic ice sheets.

“Whereas the scientists who had been advising us had predicted it would be a mixture of this (new ice) and the older, thicker, multi-layer ice. We saw no evidence of that,” said Pen Hadow, leader of the Catlin Arctic Survey team.

The scientists had predicted the team would find ice with a thickness of about 3 meters, but the average thickness they found was 1.773 meters, Hadow said.

“That raises more questions than it answers,” he said, in a satellite phone interview with other members of the group that was webcast from the Arctic.

The three-member team was airlifted from the ice on Wednesday, having completed a 73-day trip that covered 434 km over the frozen Arctic Ocean from northern Canada toward the North Pole.

The group had hoped to stay on the ice until late May, but decided to end the mission on Wednesday after determining the weather and ice conditions were better now for the aircraft needed to remove them and their equipment.

“It’s now time to get off the ice,” Hadow said.

Hadow said the group was able to take about 1,500 measurements of the ice thickness and density during the journey, collecting data for scientific analysis.

Some scientists have warned that the Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world, and link the higher temperatures to the greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

The sea ice cover shrank to a record low in 2007 before growing slightly in 2008.-Yahoo


Love in Tokyo

Good morning friends.  I may say that students who experience was really can called an experience of a lifetime.  Many were selected but only few were chosen.  A good study of one student may lead them to this kind of exchange program.  I want to say to those students that they should give their full best to reach this goal.  After I read an article about this in reference to The Times of India, let me share it with you because students might get inspired with this.

An experience of a lifetime. That is how Vaibhav Adhia, a student of Prakash  High School,  sums up his 10-day long trip to Japan under a student exchange programme.


Organised by Japan International Co-operation Centre, the programme gave 72 students from across the country, an opportunity to explore Japanese culture. Vaibhav was the only student from the city to have been selected for Japan East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) programme.

Talking to TOI, Vaibhav says, “Initially, I was a little apprehensive. But once the ice was broken, we all became friends not only among ourselves, but also with people in Japan.”

In Tokyo, they toured around the Panasonic Centre and Toyota showroom. But it was the disaster prevention centre that shook him, literally. “We were given a live demo of an earthquake measuring 7 on Richter scale. As everything around us shook, we were asked to seek shelter under a table.”

Recalling his journey in a bullet train, the class XI student says, “We covered a distance of 500 km in two hours. We saw Mount Fuji on our way.” Interaction with staff and students at Otemae Senior High School and Joyo Senior High School was enriching. “Studying was fun as their teaching methods are quite advanced. They have projectors in all their classes,” he says.

Communication, he says, was a bit of a problem. “Most of them speak only Japanese. I hardly found people talking in English.”

He concludes, “The trip was a great learning experience and the qualities that I would like to imbibe from them is hard work and patriotism. I was also very impressed with their rule of compulsory education for children.”

Sat-phone vital to solving mystery

Good morning friends.  Instpite of bad news we heard about Mumbai, India, there is this news according to The Times of India.

The satellite phone and global positioning system (GPS) map recovered from a trawler abandoned in the high seas is now among the most crucial pieces of evidence connected to the terror attacks on Mumbai. The vessel, Kuber, was found drifting 5-6 nautical miles off the Mumbai shore; the entire crew is missing except for the group leader, Amar Narayan, 38, whose body was found on board with limbs tied, blindfolded and neck slit open.

Kuber is believed to be the mother boat used to launch the inflatable dinghies which carried the terrorists to the seafront at Colaba. Intelligence agencies are scanning the satellite phone’s records to track the places from where calls were made to the vessel. The boat has been now handed over to the Mumbai police.

The trawler had last set out from Porbander, 310 nautical miles from Mumbai, on November 13. Owned by a Porbander fisherman Vinod Masani, it had a five-member crew. Sources believe it was most likely hijacked near the maritime boundary, where incursions by vessels on both sides are frequent.

The terrorists are believed to have used the trawler for cover to make the journey to Mumbai without being detected by the Coast Guard. A nondescript, 25-metre-long fishing vessel bearing the name ‘Kuber’ in the Gujarati script and a Gujarat registration number would have barely raised an eyebrow in a region dotted with numerous such boats. To complete the appearance, it carried nearly 50 kg of marinated fish, rice and lentils.

“Most of the time, we act on specific information. We rarely check such fishing trawlers with Indian flags,’’ admitted a Coast Guard officer.

Four fishermen who were on the boat, Balwant Prabhu, 45, Mukesh Rathod, 20, and Natu Nanu, 20, of Navsari and Ramesh Nagji, 37, of Junagadh are still missing. The owner of Kuber, Vinod Masani and his brother, Hiralal, have also been detained by the Gujarat police.

Kuldeep Singh Sheroan, commanding officer of Coast Guard ship Sankalp said the crew leader Amar Narayan was killed in a brutal manner by the terrorists. They tied his limbs and put a band around his eyes and then knifed his neck, he said.