An Oasis of Amends

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Ze gaan smelten. Allebei, Noord en Zuid. De vraag is: kunnen we ze laten smelten waar ontelbare liters zoet water iets uithalen? 

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Midnight on the Space Station Alcatraz

 

You should have seen this, Rowan.

From the observation platform on the converted oil rig, I watch the giant conveyor lift the chunks out of the ocean, see them climb to the coastal plain, see the freeway width of the belt disappear over the horizon, and feel like a Lego figurine in a life-sized industrial zone.

The solid wall of noise makes me sweat as much as the heat does. The shouting, the mechanical roar of the conveyor, the screaming crunch of the ice, and the shattering splashes of the chunks crashing back into the ocean make it hard to think. So I don’t think, but let the memory of you pervade me, a bittersweet sensation I love and dread.

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