Ice free Pole first time in
55m, 50m, 20,000, 8 years
North Pole ice 'may disappear by September' - Telegraph By Paul Eccleston
Last Updated: 2:01pm BST 27/06/2008
Ice at the North Pole may disappear completely within the next few months for the first time in 20,000 years.
Anthony Browne aboard the Arctic Sunrise in the Arctic Ocean
The Observer, Sunday August 20, 2000
The icecap at the North Pole has turned to water for the first time in 50 million years. Scientists aboard a Russian icebreaker have discovered an ice-free patch of water a mile wide at the top of the world.
It is the first time humans have seen water at the pole, and it is the most dramatic evidence yet of the impact that global warming is having. Satellite studies have shown that the ice pack is more than 40 per cent thinner than it was 50 years ago. The last time the pole was awash with water was during the Eocene period, 55 million years ago, when the world's climate grew significantly warmer.
How time flies....