1962 Shock News : Open Water At The North Pole

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Seadragon (SSN-584), foreground, and her sister Skate (SSN-578) during a rendezvous at the North Pole in August 1962. Note the men on the ice beyond the submarines.

USN photo from The American Submarine, by Norman Polmar, submitted by Robert Hurst.

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The New York Times says that there hasn’t been open water at the North Pole for 50 million years.

Ages-Old Icecap at North Pole Is Now Liquid, Scientists Find

By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD Published: August 19, 2000

The thick ice that has for ages covered the Arctic Ocean at the pole has turned to water, recent visitors there reported yesterday.

At least for the time being, an ice-free patch of ocean about a mile wide has opened at the very top of the world, something that has presumably never before been seen by humans and is more evidence that global warming may be real and already affecting climate.  The last time scientists can be certain the pole was awash in water was more than 50 million years ago.

Ages-Old Icecap at North Pole Is Now Liquid, Scientists Find – New York Times


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10 Responses to 1962 Shock News : Open Water At The North Pole

  1. Latitude says:

    that and the fact that the North pole moves all over the place…..

  2. gator69 says:


  3. Gamecock says:

    Goddard, you’re not tricking me with another one of your phony photos.

    That picture was obviously shot on Ganymede.

  4. robertsgt40 says:


  5. tckev says:

    USS Skate also performed the ceremony of committing the last remains of Sir G. Hubert Wilkins
    at the North Pole. On 17 March 1959, Skate (SSN-578) surfaced at the North Pole to commit the ashes of the famed explorer Sir Hubert Wilkins to the Arctic waste. http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08578.htm
    “Wilkins died in the United States in 1958. The US Navy took his ashes to the North Pole aboard the submarine USS Skate on 17 March 1959. The Navy confirmed on 27 March that “In a solemn memorial ceremony conducted by Skate shortly after surfacing, the ashes of Sir Hubert Wilkins were scattered at the North Pole in accordance with his last wishes.”

  6. Jimbo says:

    The New York times was forced to issue a correction as people pointed out this was bollocks.

    Correction: August 29, 2000, Tuesday A front-page article on Aug. 19 and a brief report on Aug. 20 in The Week in Review about the sighting of open water at the North Pole misstated the normal conditions of the sea ice there. A clear spot has probably opened at the pole before, scientists say, because about 10 percent of the Arctic Ocean is clear of ice in a typical summer. The reports also referred incompletely to the link between the open water and global warming. The lack of ice at the pole is not necessarily related to global warming.

    In fact the Arctic itself has been ice free during the last 10,000 years.

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