The Great Greenland Snow Job – 09 – Willi’s Wonky Wafers

Willi Dansgaard’s moment of revelation occurred one cold crisp morning whilst chowing down on a stack of pancakes in Camp Century.


Willi Dansgaard’s big idea was that a stack of pancakes becomes thinner when squashed.


Unfortunately, after some practical experimentation, his elation turned to desolation because no matter how hard he tried he couldn’t make his pancakes become progressively thinner towards the bottom of the stack when he squashed them.

And his desolation turned to despair when he watched the chef roll out some puff pastry.

However, like all good Earth Scientists, Willi didn’t let reality derail a big idea.

Willi turned to mathematics and invented a Sandwich Model which manipulated his stack of pancakes so that they could become progressively thinner towards the bottom of the stack.

And, of course, Willi relied upon the Great Chef In The Sky to magically materialise his stack of pancakes [on a flat plate in morning] for mathematical manipulation.

This meant he didn’t actually have to count the number of pancakes in his squashed stack because the magic of mathematics provided the answer so long as he knew the height of the stack.

The other great advantage of this mathematical manipulation was that it could be fine tuned to mature his pancakes to match the dating of the ever elusive European Pollen Zones.

These Great Expectations were established by a 1954 paper that defined Pollen Zones that are “not exactly the same” everywhere but are said [somehow] to “apply globally”.


Evidently, Earth Scientists have evolved a Garbage In – Garbage Out methodology based upon Junk Food In – Junk Science Out.

Nowadays, Earth Scientists have outsourced the measuring of their pancake stack to NASA.

Operation IceBridge is a 2009–2018 NASA mission that aims to monitor changes in polar ice from a fixed-wing aircraft.

Using a fleet of research aircraft, NASA’s Operation IceBridge images Earth’s polar ice to better understand connections between polar regions and the global climate system.

But the computerised counting of the pancakes still requires “manual adjustments”.

Example snow radar radargrams from 2011 in the percolation zone (top), inland from Jakobshavn Isbræ, and dry-snow zone (bottom), near the ice divide ∼ 220 km south of Summit Station, showing automatically picked layers (black) resulting from the layer picking algorithm before any manual adjustments.

Indexing by year is shown at the left end of each picked layer. Snow radar data frames represented are 20110422_01_218 to 20110422_01_244 (top) and 20110426_03_155 to 20110426_03_180 (bottom) (Leuschen, 2014).

Annual Greenland Accumulation Rates (2009–2012) From Airborne Snow Radar
Lora S. Koenig, Alvaro Ivanoff, Patrick M. Alexander, Joseph A. MacGregor, Xavier Fettweis, Ben Panzer, John D. Paden, Richard R. Forster, Indrani Das, Joesph R. McConnell, Marco Tedesco, Carl Leuschen, and Prasad Gogineni
The Cryosphere, 10, 1739-1752, 2016

While the abandoned location where Willi’s Wonky Wafer theory was masterminded can be tracked as it slips slowly away into the Greenland Ice Sheet.

The study authors estimated that the Camp Century site contains 200,000 liters (53,000 gallons) of diesel fuel and 24,000,000 liters (6,340,000 gallons) of wastewater, including sewage.

It contains an unknown quantity of low-level radioactive waste and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

Camp Century: Put on Ice, But Only for So Long
NASA Earth Observatory – 31 Jan 2017

Currently, the toxic remnants of Camp Century are travelling in a South Westerly direction at a rate of about 3.5 metre per year whilst being buried at a rate of about 0.68 metres annually.

The Abandoned Ice Sheet Base At Camp Century, Greenland, In A Warming Climate
William Colgan, Horst Machguth, Mike MacFerrin, Jeff D. Colgan, Dirk van As, Joseph A. MacGregor
Geophysical Research Letters – 4 Aug 2016

This is where the narrative gets interesting because these observations are beginning to contradict Willi’s Wonky Wafer theory because, at this rate of progress, Camp Century will become 10,000 years old in 1,600 years and 100,000 years old about 340 years later.

The problem is that the ice layers aren’t behaving according to Willi’s Wonky Wafer theory.

NASA – Scientific Visualization Studio – Greenland Ice Sheet Stratigraphy

The layer thinning isn’t proceeding to plan and to make matters worse some of the thickest ice layers are towards the bottom of the stack.

When the Earth Scientists say “Eemian” what they really mean is frozen lake water.
When the Earth Scientists say “Last Ice Age” what they really mean is glacier ice.
When the Earth Scientists say “Holocene” what they really mean is 1,000 years.

NASA – Scientific Visualization Studio – Greenland Ice Sheet Stratigraphy



I’m being very polite when I say Willi’s Wonky Wafer theory really does take the biscuit.

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10 Responses to The Great Greenland Snow Job – 09 – Willi’s Wonky Wafers

  1. There’s one major problem here concerning gravity – that it depresses the underlying rocks and at squishing the layers at the bottom. Ice has a density of 1 while rock 2.7 – there is no way a less dense substance can deform a denser substance on which it rests.

    Density determinations are also problematical since often solid objects are weighed in and out of water. What type of water? If the water in the measuring vessel is Pollack’s EZ water then we have a complication.

    There’s another problem – apparently the land surface around the Baltic Sea etc is rising because of the melting of the Pleistocene Ice Cap. The land is rising, for sure, but it’s not from the missing ice cap but from subcrustal pressure of either emission of water or methane or both as the continuous process of planetary degassing periodically accelerated by catastrophes of a geological kind.

    And determination of mass or weight is not a measure of the amount of matter in a volume of matter. A simple plot of density versus atomic number or mass number for the various chemical elements puts that assumption to rest. Both Ba and Pb are conspicuous departures from the assumption, being way too low in SG versus the amount of protons/neutrons in their nuclei.

    But sink gravity and all hell will break loose in academia. Planetary density assumption will fly out of the window and all their astronomical numbers will become a bit more than problematical.

    • A ton of feathers will deform a thin layer of tungsten…..

      In this way, the ocean floors are also getting deeper as the water above is augmented. But the continental crust is rising, due to that pressure, as the liquid rock far below is deformed.

  2. Gunnar Heinsohn says:

    Eventually I understand how the dating was done without looking at the the number of ice layers themselves. Gunnar Heinsohn

  3. Concerning the oxygen isotope graph of the Century Ice Core: If a signal and noise criteria are used, then I would designate all the data from the present to, say, 7000 years BP, as noise and the large fluctuations as signal.

    Signal of which event? One has to assume that Greenland was once ice free and that it froze up ~ 930 AD, and was closer to the equator. Therefore the ice assigned 0 to 7000 years is in all likelihood (2017 – 930) years old, ie 1087 years worth of ice.

    As Roman remains are under Pleistocene sediments (Garzweiler pit) then this shortening of chronology by some 6000 years seems correct.

    This means that the tectonic event was the Alpide one, and associated with the uplift of the Himalayas, Andes. Rockies, etc.

    Whether the movement is due to plate movement, earth careening around an axis, earth expansion causing apparent motion, remains moot for the moment.

    • In addition the break at ~7000 years looks also like an unconformity, which will produce a very frozen can of worms, because much can be hidden in unconformities.

      • malagabay says:

        The break at ~7000 years is pivotal.

        For Willi Et Al it represents the end of The Ice Age [cause unknown – mechanisms unknown].

        For Malagabay it presents the final layer of glacier ice flowing down from the [colder] mountains.

        That’s why Willi Et Al have to rely upon The Great Chef In The Sky to instantly materializing their fully formed Ice Sheet [on a flat plate] out of nowhere.

      • But 930 AD +/- was the icing up of Greenland, as it moved, say, 13 degrees of latitude to the north, so Greenland is now in an ice age and the previous ice cap used to exist where I wonder. I wonder if the La La Landers have confused polar ice cap repositioning due to land masses changing position wrt the rotational axis? And one must not assume a simple latitudinal movement of landmasses, since a careening globe will combine long and lat changes which might be interpreted purely as a latitudinal change.

        I think we don’t understand ice age theory at all apart from the observation that it is colder. I mentioned to Gerry Pollack some years back that the inrush of protons at the polar regions of the Earth would produce ice accumulation. Counter intuitive I admit, and more study needed on this aspect. Such a mechanism could, in a watery planet, under a catastrophic event, cause a massive production of ice/snow that would have overwhelmed everything, and even caused a HAB careen.

  4. johnm33 says:

    Add this to the mix
    Frozen waves at the base?

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