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    Glacial Longings.

    GLACIAL LONGINGS


    https://emergencemagazine.org/essay/glacial-longings/





    Aboard the first shipbound expedition to the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica, writer Elizabeth Rush puts her ear to this massive body of ice to listen for the messages embedded in its shifts and shatterings. But can something so large, so vast, so ancient, ever really be witnessed up close?



    IN JANUARY OF 2019, fifty-seven people gather in the low-slung port town of Punta Arenas, Chile. We are sedimentologists and ship captains, radio reporters and electricians, marine mammal specialists and submarine technicians; the members of the first shipbound expedition to Thwaites Glacier. Everything we do on our last night on solid earth anticipates what we will soon be without. Some call the children they are leaving behind. Some call credit card companies to set up automatic payments. And some head to the Colonial for a couple of drinks. One person runs along Route 9 to stretch her legs, while another runs to the market to purchase deodorant and a couple empanadas. I go to the steam room just above the hotel’s casino. Then I go to the bar around the corner for my last pint, where I eye every person who enters, wondering if we will sail to Antarctica together.


    When I was invited to participate in this mission as a writer-in-residence, I imagined that I would spend a significant amount of my time on the boat interviewing my shipmates. The stories I am interested in trying to tell often begin by paying attention to people and places long locked out of traditional environmental narratives. Antarctica itself, while present in the turn-of-the-century tales of derring-do and conquest that define it, tends to serve as a backdrop for a certain kind of hypermasculine posturing. Or as Sara Wheeler put it in her book Terra Incognita, over much of the past two hundred years “the continent was little more than a testing ground for men with frozen beards to see how dead they could get.” In order to avoid this trope, I knew I would have to listen to the lesser-heard voices I encountered on this journey, in particular to the women and people of color who are often omitted from these explorer narratives. I also figured that ice had something to say, was another kind of speaker that regularly went unacknowledged; but if I am being honest, I knew next to nothing about how to listen to it. On the eve of departure, I am nervous about a lot of things: about being one of just over a dozen women on the boat, about whether or not I will be able to hear what the ice is saying, and also about the fact that this might be my last opportunity to be alone for well over two months.









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    Putting your ear to the ice doesn't sound like a good idea.

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    Just go stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. They have a great vodka bar.
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    Let's go Brandon !!!

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    With the writers obligatory swipes at white explorers aside.It was interesting.

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    She is definitely a talented writer.

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    I typically filter that out.
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    With what we know about the harmony of the earth's oceans and polar caps and how life around the world is sustained by it. How can we say with any amount of certainty that we are a product of cosmic serendipity?

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    Glaciers formed where I live and have my respect!
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    One of my favorite places on the planet was a high alpine meadow in Austria where 3 glaciers converged. The only way to get to it was to do a glacier traverse. You would cross one of the glaciers and move toward a second one when all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, you come across a meadow maybe 500 meters across... green grass with one old wooden structure on it, surrounded by massive slowly moving mountains of ice and snow.

    I am sure it gone now, consumed by the glaciers, but it is a place I think about often... the most peaceful place I have ever experienced.
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