Five Years After The Last Multi-Year Ice Disappeared …

It has been five years since Canada’s leading ice expert announced that multi-year ice is a thing of the past.

The multiyear ice covering the Arctic Ocean has effectively vanished, a startling development that will make it easier to open up polar shipping routes, an Arctic expert said on Thursday.

Vast sheets of impenetrable multiyear ice, which can reach up to 80 meters (260 feet) thick, have for centuries blocked the path of ships seeking a quick short cut through the fabled Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They also ruled out the idea of sailing across the top of the world.

But David Barber, Canada’s Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, said the ice was melting at an extraordinarily fast rate.

Multiyear Arctic ice is effectively gone: expert | Reuters

Five years since the last of it disappeared, half of the Arctic Basin is full of multi-year ice.


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7 Responses to Five Years After The Last Multi-Year Ice Disappeared …

  1. mjc says:

    Didn’t you know the polar bears used the last of it to ice down their cans of Coke, and they forgot to refill the trays.

  2. 1957chev says:

    Donchya know, that’s because all of the heat ran down to hide at the bottom of the ocean! I can’t even keep up with their fairy tales any more. They just make it up as they go along.

  3. Jimbo says:

    Here is Barber again.

    National Geographic News – 20 June 2008
    North Pole May Be Ice-Free for First Time This Summer
    “We’re actually projecting this year that the North Pole may be free of ice for the first time [in history],” David Barber, of the University of Manitoba, told National Geographic News aboard the C.C.G.S. Amundsen, a Canadian research icebreaker.
    [Dr. David Barber]

    As has been pointed out the north pole has been ice free this century and last century. It is not unprecedented, as I pointed out HERE. Barber’s claim would have been false even if it did become ice free.

    Here is the NOAA.

    NOAA Faqs – found 18 November 2013
    10. Is it true that the North Pole is now water?
    Recently there have been newspaper articles describing the existence of open water at the North Pole. This situation is infrequent but has been known to occur as the ice is shifted around by winds. In itself, this observation is not meaningful.

    I have other examples of ice-free north pole news reports in the 20th century, as well as dismissals of its importance in the modern day.

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