Firn Chantey

This is about the work I’ll be presenting at AGU. Written at the request of the University of Alaska Fairbanks crowd, sung to the tune of The Sailor’s Prayer (not to be confused with the somewhat more serious “Sailor’s Prayer” that’s the first Google result for that song title.) I very much want to record all these and post videos, but I haven’t really worked out a good recording setup.

If we wish to learn
About the firn
Upon the ice sheets polar
We’ll want to know
About the snow-
fall and the input solar

Chorus: Oh, snow is white
And clean, and bright
A tricky thing to model
But easy flowed
The Matlab code
‘Longside a friendly bottle

Some grains of snow
Will slowly grow
While others are a-shrinkin’
Which ones win out
Is still in doubt
And needs a bit of thinkin’

(chorus)

Grains change their state
They sublimate
From many different places
When they commence
To recondense
They prefer partic’lar faces

(chorus)

And so we find
Grains are aligned
C-axes all together
And from this state
We can relate
Ice flow to ancient weather

(chorus)
(chorus again, with FEELING)

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4 Responses to “Firn Chantey”

  1. Chicken Lady at Locust Lane Says:

    Great to see this again! What’s the occasion?

  2. psychroteuthis Says:

    No occasion, I was just going through to send someone a list of my ice-related chanteys and saw that this one never actually got published. Note the date. 🙂

  3. Chicken Lady at Locust Lane Says:

    I saw the date, but didn’t realize that I had not actually seen it before. Thanks for publishing it.

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