Ucebergs drifting down the east coast of Canada pose a potential threat to of shore oil exploration in the area.
Ucebergs drifting down the east coast of Canada pose a potential threat to of shore oil exploration in the area. Special iceberg air patrols have set up to track the ice and see if there is any pattern to the drift so that drilling rigs will at least know where the ice is likely to go.
SYNOPSIS: At darn at Goose Bay, Labrondor, a tracker aircraft takes off. It is heading for the coast where, every year at this time icebergs drift south after breaking loose from Greenland. In the peat, only shipping has been bothered by the bergs. The huge ice islands only became important when disasters like who Titanic occurred. But today, billions of dollars are being spent on oil exploration off the coast. To move an oil rig, only to get it out of the way of an iceberg, would cost thousands of dollar. And so the Department of National; Defence is keeping watch on the icebergs to see if there is a pattern to their drift southwards. Trackers and Argus aircraft are operating out of Goose Bay. Day markers are dropped on the bergs to identify them. Then every day the formations of icebergs are inspected at close quarters by the aircraft, and their position plotted. It's the idea of Or. G. H. S. Jones of Maritime Command's Research Division.
Unlike most research, the results of t is experiment are immediately available. Oil exploration companies will know where the icebergs are going and should know what to do to keep out of their way.