Arctic Ice Cap can be circumnavigated after 125000 years

Posted on September 3, 2008. Filed under: News, Science & Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Arctic Ice Cap

Arctic Ice Cap Melting

NASA’s satellite images have revealed that the melting ice cap has facilitated the opening up of both the north-west and north-east passages, making it possible for the first time after Ice age 125,000 years ago, to pass through. In fact the images suggest the north-west passage opened last weekend while the final blockade on the east side dissolved a few days later. Professor Mark Serreze, a sea ice specialist at National Snow and Ice Data Centre in the US said “The passages are open. It’s an historic event. We are going to see this more and more as the years go by.” The UN Environment Programme said whilst nature has always observed a certain periodic rate of deglaciation, the current trends observed from the Arctic to Central Europe and South America are of a different order. Glaciers lost on an average a mass of more than half a meter water equivalent in the period 1996-2005, which is twice the ice loss of the previous decade.

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Just think of the future of arctic tourism! Nome Tropicana, drinks are free!

(oh ghod, we’re all fried)


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