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We've officially drowned Santa, way to go human race

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Write-brained, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Story and time-lapse video here:

    It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year.

    The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic – and worrying – examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer.

    "From the viewpoint of science, the North Pole is just another point on the globe, but symbolically it is hugely important. There is supposed to be ice at the North Pole, not open water," said Mark Serreze of the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado.

    If it happens, it raises the prospect of the Arctic nations being able to exploit the valuable oil and mineral deposits below these a bed which have until now been impossible to extract because of the thick sea ice above.

    Seasoned polar scientists believe the chances of a totally ice-free North Pole this summer are greater than 50:50 because the normally thick ice formed over many years at the Pole has been blown away and replaced by huge swathes of thinner ice formed over a single year.

    This one-year ice is highly vulnerable to melting during the summer months and satellite data coming in over recent weeks shows that the rate of melting is faster than last year, when there was an all-time record loss of summer sea ice at the Arctic.

    "The issue is that, for the first time that I am aware of, the North Pole is covered with extensive first-year ice – ice that formed last autumn and winter. I'd say it's even-odds whether the North Pole melts out," said Dr Serreze.

    Each summer the sea ice melts before reforming again during the long Arctic winter but the loss of sea ice last year was so extensive that much of the Arctic Ocean became open water, with the water-ice boundary coming just 700 miles away from the North Pole.
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    this will not end well. for anybody.
  3. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Remain calm. All is well.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus...oh wait, she was giving him mouth-to-mouth. Never mind.
  5. Breaking News: Earth is just like a woman, she goes in cycles.
  6. Dickens Cider

    Dickens Cider New Member

    What the hell is global warming? The polar ice caps may have never completely melted before, but it's obviously cyclical.
  7. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    But on the plus side, we can now drill for oil there.
    So it isn't all bad.
  8. Actually, the shipping industry is absolutely delighted because they can now save fuel by driving through the north pole instead of around the ice caps. Seriously.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    To hell with Santa, what about Rudolph?
  10. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    So that's two positives.
    I can now only see this story in a good light.
  11. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Santa was a jolly old elf because he knew where all the naughty girls lived. [/carlin]
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So you're saying it's that time of the millennium?
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