What's brewing in Greenland?

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 8:34 PM GMT on November 20, 2006

The third in the series of Dr. Masters' vacation blogs.

We've heard a lot about recent studies showing that glaciers in southern Greenland have accelerated sharply over the past ten years, and that Greenland's ice cap is melting at rates not seen since the 1930s. It may seem difficult to put a positive spin on these ominous developments, but that's just what some entrepreneurs in Greenland have done by establishing the world's only beer brewed with pure Greenland Ice Sheet meltwater. The Greenland Brewhouse microbrewery, located 390 miles south of the Arctic Circle, is the world's first Inuit brewery. Founders Salik Hard and Steen Outzen use ice from small icebergs that have broken off from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Local fishermen specially select the icebergs, and tow them to the brewery in Narsaq. The ice is between 2000 and 180,000 years old, so has no pollution. The brewmeisters, conscious of the dwindling resource that forms the basis for their unique beer, emphasize that they only use ice from icebergs that have already broken off from the ice sheet and would melt anyway. Their web site states, "We are very much aware of the global warming, and it is very important to us not to destroy or use the unique inland ice, but only use the ice that have broken off."

I'm not sure if Greenland Brewhouse beers are available outside of Greenland and Denmark, but if anyone has ever quaffed one, please give us a review!

Jeff Masters

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96. Tazmanian
2:07 PM PST on November 20, 2006
next season? lol next season been kill bye El Nino
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93. Tazmanian
2:05 PM PST on November 20, 2006
but what if there was no Wind Shear?
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87. nash28
9:56 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
You can figure that out just by breaking down the acronym...

SST= Sea SURFACE Temperature

Wind Shear= Difference in wind speed in the atmosphere...
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84. nash28
9:55 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
CB- Do you not understand that SST's and wind shear are not related??
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82. nash28
9:48 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
SSt's are only ONE component of genesis. You can't just have SST's, but nothing else...

This year is the PERFECT example. CB, you say higher SST's reduce wind shear making for stronger storms...

Well, if that were anywhere close to correct, we would have had our asses, homes, animals, DNA, etc... relocated by the WINDS from major canes to Newfoundland!!! The Gulf this year had SST's hotter than the 6th circle of hell, yet, we had no hurricanes in the Gulf....

So that takes the theory and completely shuts it down.. It isn't all about heat. You cannot just "cool the ocean" Cool it all you want, but it also takes wind shear, dust, dry air in the mid to upper levels, etc.... In fact, Wilma bombed out in SST's that were not very warm.
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80. Tazmanian
1:48 PM PST on November 20, 2006
and this hurricane year will end in 10 days from now
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79. nash28
9:46 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
Like I said Levi, I have questions, but I only used that as an example.. I am in NO WAY turning this into a religious blog, and that will be the last post on that. Just using that as an example of "this crap has happened LONG before cars and buildings and such."
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76. Levi32
12:46 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
...not that I can taste the beer, I'm not old enough lol. But I'd like someone's opinion on how it tastes! Ok I'm gone now.
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75. Tazmanian
1:46 PM PST on November 20, 2006
some one say beer
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73. ricderr
9:45 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
rand...ice age..was the 70's......but remember....we had the dust bowl...which the scientists of the day thought it was the latter day version of gw
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72. Levi32
12:46 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Oh, and someone get a hold of one of those Greenland beers lol. See ya guys!
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71. nash28
9:45 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
Rand hit it on the head there...

Thank you for putting it into words that I could not, without getting scientific:-)
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70. Levi32
12:43 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Yes Nash we all have questions. But if I could remember everything I've learned right now, I could show you that the plagues were not naturally caused. However I can't remember it all and I'm not very knowledgeable about that sort of thing anyway. Besides this discussion isn't about whether the events in the Bible are naturally caused or not lol.

I have to go now guys, got school to do. I'll leave you to your "chat", and I hope to see you all later!
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68. nash28
9:42 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
Cyclone, have you read Randy's post???

Can you NOT understand it?
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67. ricderr
9:43 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
it could and could not be possible
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66. Levi32
12:40 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Well, just remember guys, people throughout history have said a lot of dreams were insane. People said we'd never fly, drive horseless carriages, fly to the moon, build a station in space, you name it. Altering weather may very well be possible, you never know. I personally don't think it's possible, at least it isn't until we generate a force capable of controlling the entire planet's atmosphere! Just remember it could and could not be possible. A lot of things have been in history similar to this.
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65. hurricane23
4:40 PM EST on November 20, 2006
Here's a large infrared view of the caribbean.

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63. nash28
9:40 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
Yes Levi. I am exlaining the plauges by natural means, and they make perfect sense..

I know this will really piss some people off who believe completely in the Exodus as it is, but I have questions....
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61. ricderr
9:40 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
see...say the devil incarnates name 3 times..and he shows up
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60. nash28
9:37 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
Yes Michael, thank you. This is what I have been (although unsuccessful) trying to convey to CB, but he refuses to face the reality of reality.

Can we make our world cleaner and safer for generations to come with some hard work and ingenuity?? Of course!!! And we should!

But the idea that we can alter weather is just insane.
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56. ricderr
9:37 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
hold on here...tunnels.......i'm a convert..they work..they work i tell you......and do you know how much heat..is generated from teenis shoes on a basketball court?....outlaw the nba i say
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55. Levi32
12:36 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Nash, that's people trying to explain away the events of the Bible by natural means. You're probably refering to the 10 plagues brought down on Egypt? Or even if it's anything else in Exodus, it's still the same thing.

Rand, thanks I'll read the rest of Randy's blog today sometime.
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54. nash28
9:36 PM GMT on November 20, 2006
So this is nothing "new to the earth."

Just "newer" to modern times.

Not only that, but because we have had our asses kicked recently with so many storms, it is now an issue.....

Cause and effect.
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51. Levi32
12:35 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Hey 23 there is some turning down there with that Caribbean disturbance. Might get something out of that by tomorrow, we'll see.
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49. nash28
9:34 PM GMT on November 20, 2006

Actually, there is a way. It is called the "Exodus", which many believe was the act of God, but there are scribes and carvings into rock that show weather events that were SO catostrophic, that we in modern times would never be able to comprehend.

It has happened, and ten times worse than anyone has ever seen since records were kept.
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48. Levi32
12:34 PM AKST on November 20, 2006
Exactly Rand. Thanks for posting that. I agree completely.
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