Swimming in Antarctica

I’ve been listening to the decoded voicemails from the last Chronofall, trying to understand what is happening in each one and the possible chain of events that might have led to that outcome.  pKnot has encouraged me to blog about my findings, so starting today I’m going to shift the focus of this blog to climate change as it is revealed in the chronofacts we find and decode, and as it relates to our lives in the current time.  This particular message struck me because our Antarctica is still mostly covered by snow and ice, and our Arizona is still mostly a dry and heated desert.

2063 Antarctica

But there is precedent here.  Cold snaps in the southwest are not some flight of fancy, and there is plenty of data on the rate of ice melting in Antarctica, for example. But could it ever be warm enough to swim? Perhaps you’ve heard of American distance swimmer, Lynne Cox, who actually swam briefly in those sub-zero waters. However, there’s some doubt our future heirs will all be hanging out on the Pine Island Bay beach. Which in no way diminishes the fact that Antarctica is not immune to climate change, and what happens there will have a decided impact on the rest of the globe. And don’t forget about the volcano.

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