Irish surfers found Russian time capsule
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Irish surfers found Russian time capsule

November 09, 2020

The find discovered ahead of time demonstrates the speed of ice melting.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On the shores of Northern Ireland, surfers Sophie Curran and Conor McClory found a strange metal cylinder. At first, they were suspicious of the find, but after the Time Capsule inscription engraved on the cylinder was translated from Russian, the Irish plucked up courage and decided to see what was inside.

The capsule contained photographs, letters in Russian and English, a menu from a restaurant, beer caps and wine corks, as well as the contact details of the sailors.

As it turned out, the crew of the 50 Let Pobedy Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker left the time capsule in 2018.

Komsomol brigades left a similar capsule in Norilsk under a structure of columns on Metallurgists square. And under the house on Komsomolskaya street, 40, there is a time capsule addressed to the descendants of 2061.

According to the Irish surfers, two letters in the found capsule are written in English. They managed to find one of its authors, who turned out to be a girl from St. Petersburg named Svetlana. She said that the time capsule was immured in the ice by the crew of an atomic icebreaker in the Arctic, and was surprised that so little time had passed since then. The sailors thought it would take about 30-50 years for the time capsule to get found, but the ice melted in just two years. Since then, the capsule covered about 4 000 kilometers.

According to the surfers, this clearly demonstrates the speed of ice melting in the Arctic. Climatologists suggest that within 30 years the Arctic will be so hot that it will lose all its ice over the summer. And this is an optimistic forecast in case people reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. After that, the planet will begin to warm up even faster, since the ice will not reflect a significant part of the sunlight, the level of the world ocean will increase during the Arctic summer, and the local oceanic fauna will have to adapt to changing conditions very fast.

As This Is Taimyr previously reported, this year the polar permafrost was melting 30 percent faster. Scientists fear the Arctic ice will melt completely in 15 years.

Text: Ekaterina Maximova, Photo: open sources

November 09, 2020

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