Sunday, July 29, 2018

Iceberg, Right Ahead!

"‘Titanic’ director James Cameron backs bid for 5,500 items from doomed ship" Associated Press  July 25, 2018

LONDON — Filmmaker James Cameron, the director of the 1997 blockbuster ‘‘Titanic’’, said there are grave concerns that the collection will be broken up and sold privately because that company has filed for bankruptcy.

‘‘That’s why people who feel some protective role have stepped up and kind of linked arms,’’ Cameron said. ‘‘It’s an incredible piece of history, an object lesson about human hubris. If it gets sold into private hands, it disappears from the public eye. It would be broken up and could never be reassembled.’’

He said his expeditions to the undersea site have made him feel a responsibility to honor those who lost their lives on its doomed voyage in 1912.....

Think what you want of Cameron, but I'm grateful for his artistic independence. He was able to make "Avatar" and thereby indirectly shine a spotlight and criticize the conduct of the  EUSraeli empire through the metaphor of a far-off world.


They sailed to close to Greenland:

"A huge iceberg is looming over the tiny Arctic village of Innaarsuit, raising fears that a chunk might tumble into the ocean and unleash an enormous wave. Thirty-three people have been moved farther inland and people have been advised to get their boats out of the way. The berg is roughly 650 feet wide and 300 feet tall, and weighs up to 11 million tons. Officials are hoping southerly winds and high tides will carry it away (New York Times)."

"Village in Greenland, fearing a tsunami, keeps a wary eye on towering iceberg" Associated Press  July 15, 2018

BERLIN — Earthquakes and tsunamis have created major floods in Greenland in recent years.

If a strong enough wind blows, the berg could be dislodged and float harmlessly into Baffin Bay, but if rain arrives, the warmer precipitation could further destabilize the iceberg. ‘‘We are very concerned and are afraid,’’ Karl Petersen, head of the Innaarsuit Council, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Residents know the effect even a small tsunami could have on the country that doubles as the world’s biggest island. In June, a landslide caused by an earthquake 17 miles north of Nuugaatsiaq partly triggered a tsunami that washed away 11 homes and killed four people.....


Must have melted because that's the last I saw of it.