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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.

First ice-free North Pole in 50m years | World news | The Observer

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....


This was also a front page spread in the Independent: Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole

This is an on-going theme and is probably a knee jerk reaction to the story about the under sea volcanos in the Arctic. Can't have a natural cause for something can we? The Pole has been clear many times over millennia not least of which when Eskimos, (sorry, Innuit) travelled from Northern Canada to Greenland some 4000 years ago. Of course there were many instances in the 19th and 20th C, examples below.


Just as the work was completed upon these currents in the North Pacific, in 1855, the news was received in the United States that Dr.Hane had discovered an open sea near the Pole, and people began to ask how that could be possible, when it was well known that a belt
or region of ice several hundred miles in width must lie to the south of that sea, and which was never dissolved.


"We encountered no ice with the exception of a few narrow strips of old sound ice, carried by the wash. Of large Polar ice we saw absolutely nothing.

Between the ice and the land, on either side, there were large and perfectly clear channels, through which we passed easily and unimpeded.

The entire accumulation of ice was not very extensive. We were soon out again in open water.

Outside the promontories, some pieces of ice had accumulated; otherwise the sea was free from ice.

The water to the south was open, the impenetrable wall of ice was not there.

At 5.30 P.M. we met a quantity of ice off Cape Maguire,a fairly broad strip of loose ice. Beyond this we could see clear water.

Captain Knowles reports the season the most open he has ever known. He entered the Arctic on the day we left Sari Francisco, May 22, and thinks the straits were open even earlier than that.

The ice of the Arctic Ocean is never at rest. Even in the coldest winters it is liable to displacement and pressure by the currents of air mid water. Tho expansion and contraction, due to changes in temperature, also assist in this disturbance."

Seems these scientists and the journalists who hang on their every word never think to do a little historical research before they burst into print. Theirs is the story that sticks and will be repeated ad infinitum across the green blogosphere until it becomes fact.


This collection of submarine photos shows at #24k USS Skate surfaced at the North Pole in open water in August, 1959. # 70k in the collection shows USS Skate and Uss Seadragon surfaced in an open lead called a polynya, (a name which indicates that open water in the Arctic ice has been known for a long time) at the North Pole. Granted, it wasn't open water all the way to the North Pole from the Atlantic, but I doubt whether that is what will happen this time either, they'll still need an ice-breaker.

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