NASA Wants Its Rubber Duckies Back

If you happen to run across a rubber duckie floating in the ocean, it may be worth $100! NASA has lost 90 of its yellow rubber ducks and it wants them back, badly:

The US space agency has yet to find any trace of 90 bathtub toys that were dropped through holes in Greenland's ice three months ago in an effort to track the way the Arctic icecap is melting. Scientists threw the ducks into tubular holes known as "moulins" in the Jakobshavn glacier on Greenland's west coast, hoping they would find their way into channels beneath the hard-packed surface, to track the flow of melt water into the ocean.

Link - via Treehugger


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My kids are playing with a couple that we found while we were up there on a visit. I had no idea they belonged to NASA. I just thought they were polar bear toys.
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Has anyone bothered to consider that the ducks are still inside the glacier? Studies are showing that, while the outer edges of the glacier are melting, the interior of the glacier is actually gaining mass. So the glacier is... what? receding... like at the end of an ice age.. like part of the natural cycle of Earth's cooling and warming. Just sayin'.
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