Hole the size of Maine opens in Antarctic sea ice – Video

An “ocean chimney” the size of Tasmania is pumping huge amounts of heat into the atmosphere. Headlines call the hole “mysterious,” but it doesn’t seem all that mysterious to me. I think the heat is coming from underwater volcanic activity.

A huge hole – roughly 30,000 square miles or the size of the state of Maine – has been spotted in sea ice near Antarctica. Australian media notes that the hole, roughly 80,000 square kilometers, is the size of Tasmania.

The humongous hole, known as a polynya, was detected about a month ago.

Oceanologist Laura de Steur  – Photo credit Eline Nystedt / Norwegian Polar Institute

“We do not know why it appears right now,” says oceanologist Laura de Steur at the Norwegian Polar Institute.

The hole in the ice has emerged unusually far from the mainland, so far away that it would not have been discovered without satellite imagery, said de Steur.

“The hole is also different because there are no winds, but ocean currents that have formed it,” de Laure explains. This hole is formed by hot underwater currents that drive surface when it hits a large mountain in the ocean.

“With this hole we can test our climate models. It can also give us new information about what kind of natural climate variations happen in a period of 30-40 years, “says Steur.

It’s the largest polynya seen in the Weddell Sea since the 1970s, scientists say.

Polynyas, defined as a stretch of open water surrounded by ice, are frequently found in the Arctic and Antarctica, usually near the coast. But they rarely reach the size of this one located in middle of the pack ice.

Pumping heat into the atmosphere

The polynya works like “a chimney from the ocean through the sea ice”, transferring huge amounts of energy to the atmosphere, said Dr. Jan Lieser, a sea ice scientist at the University of Tasmania.

The polynya is releasing about 800 watts of energy per square meter – equivalent to about fourteen 60-watt light bulbs blazing away day and night, said Dr. Kent Moore, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto.

Headlines are calling the hole “mysterious,” but it doesn’t seem all that mysterious to me. I think those “hot underwater currents” are coming from underwater volcanic activity.




Thanks to Nick W., Flemming Kjemtrup Sørensen and Hildo Mellema in The Netherlands for these links

“I’m interested to know if this is one of your underwater volcanoes.” says Nick.

“This time Norwegian MSM doesn’t automatically blame humans but mentions natural variations,” says Flemming. “Could it be caused by underwater volcanoes?”

“Could it be the result of volcanic activity?” asks Hildo.

16 thoughts on “Hole the size of Maine opens in Antarctic sea ice – Video”

  1. Lol just saw a article on the project ” a new show” here in Australia about shortage of potatoes chip in New Zealand ,

    Brought on by wet weather , lol lol . Shops have notification up in some shop saying to except potatoes chip

    Brought by rains , lol thank god I don’t like potatoe chip .

    • hey David..its a serious issue to us chip munchers;-)
      mainland aus had spuds at 14$ a KILO last yr due to wet paddocks and flooding
      as well as shortages in chips here too
      when youre not well off spuds are a meal or a handy fillup addition to every meal, it really isnt funny to not be able to afford to buy a staple ingredient like the humble spud

  2. It would make sense that it’s coming from underwater volcanic activity. But the warmists will always find a way to blame it all on CO2. It is their religion, after all. Even if there’s another ice age, they’ll still be repeating the old mantra.

  3. So… a warm ocean current has caused a hole in the ice and is shooting heat through the ice and warming the atmosphere? So CO2 is turning Earth into the Death Star? <:}

  4. all the sat n tech and they still can straight faced “pretend” bafflement as to cause?
    wonder what course runs” bullshitting the public” 101??
    the straight faced seriously concerned look is also another ripper…must be taught somewhere.

  5. Seems like it would be prudent to go put some sort of ROV down there to see if they can find more volcanoes. They just found 91 new volcanoes elsewhere in Antarctica that they never knew of.

  6. Years ago I was flipping through NASA’s satellite photos of the Arctic Sea. One had a huge perfectly circular hole in the white reflective ice. The size was hard to scale but I estimate it was more than 20km. Strangely when I went back to those month by month photos, NASA had removed the image and replaced it with a perfectly homogenous glaring white one. I checked again. Clearly, someone had changed the record.
    I suspect a volcanic eruption.

    Glaciation needs warm oceans in a generally cooling atmosphere and ocean warming seems quite probably from increased sub-sea volcanic activity. The same volcanic activity, but on land, can lead to atmospheric cooling e.g. Mt Pinatubo.

    This scenario rather wrecks the popular CO2 climate model.

  7. Scientists know absolutely that the cause is geothermal. However, the news media want people to deduce that global warming is the cause, so they throw in that bit at the end about how “it’s premature to blame climate change on the hole,” just so people will get the RIGHT idea. The spin and out-right lying that goes on has become laughable.

  8. “There’s a giant hole in the Antarctic sea-ice and we’re not sure why.”
    Let me help with some simple logic. The Maud Rise Polynya comes and goes but this time it reached ~80,000km2 (That’s roughly a 300km wide circle). At 800 Watts per square metre we are looking at 800MW/km2 so the total energy involved is in the millions of MegaWatts.
    (The Arktika Class Russian ice-breakers run a pair of 171MW reactors.)
    What do you know that can sustain producing millions of MWs of heat? Certainly, it’s not a collection of defunct Russian nuclear-powered ice-breakers rotting on the sea-bed.
    Peter Hannam at the Sydney Morning Herald can be forgiven for being non-numeric but surely, “scientists” can still do logic and the suggestion that “Climate Change” might be, in any way associated, is absurd.

  9. Non of the articles I could find gave a time-scale for that 800W/m2. What is clear though, is that the normally thick sea-ice at this time of year has melted over a huge region.
    Volcanic activity is on the rise so it would seem reasonable to investigate deeper water temperatures with the robots.

  10. “There’s a giant hole in Antarctica.”
    “…unusually far from the mainland, so far away that it would not have been discovered without satellite imagery,…”

    1. Polynya in sea ice. Not Ice-Shelf.
    2. Sea ice not fast, it moves around.
    Conclusion: much ado about nothing!

    “… there are no winds, but ocean currents…”
    Really? There are no winds??

  11. I like toward the end of the narrative where ‘ we have much more advanced technological advancements’. And yet we know squat?

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