Ice House of Mirrors

Posted: October 5, 2015 by oldbrew in humour, sea ice
image credit: Pocket Perspectives

image credit: Pocket Perspectives

Ron Clutz at Science Matters offers an unusual perspective on Arctic sea ice data.

In the fable of Snow White, the evil step-mother asked her hand mirror: “Who is the fairest in the land?” The mirror on the wall always flattered her, but this mirror did not. As we all know, the hand mirror told the truth, the queen was angry and people had to suffer.We expect mirrors to tell the truth, to show us the objective reality. That is why it is amusing at the carnival sideshow to gaze into mirrors that make normal people look obese or like a beanpole, or otherwise distort one’s appearance.

This post is about what Arctic Ice Extent looks like in the mirrors available to the public.

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  1. p.g.sharrow says:

    The Norwegian Icebreaker was a nice touch… 😎

  2. oldbrew says:

    The ‘Incredibly Shrinking Ice’ mirror is still featured at Wikipedia and at NSIDC. No surprise there.

  3. Ron Clutz says:

    It occurred to me that ice variability is mostly like beauty: it’s in the eye of the beholder. If you are not paying attention in September, it is over before you noticed.

  4. oldbrew says:

    For Antarctic ice the mirror is invisible 😐

  5. hunter says:

    Great link and post, thanks.