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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


North Pole Is A Bloody Lake! (VIDEO)

July 29th, 2013 by  

“Bloody” in the British sense, not bloody from, like, “flesh and blood” — but this is just about as bad. The North Pole — yes, Santa’s home — has melted. It has turned into a lake. This is another reminder why we do what we do.

I first saw the news of the North Pole melting over on sister site Gas2, where Jo Borras was equally stunned and posted a GIF of the North Pole turning from ice and snow into water. Nathan followed that with a post on sister site Planetsave that went into a little more detail. It included side-by-side images of the North Pole as we would think of it and the North Pole as a bloody friggin’ lake, and it also included a video of the North Pole melting. Heck, why not just repost the whole article? Here it is:

The North Pole Is A Lake Right Now (VIDEO)

By Nathan

The North Pole is a lake right now. Yeah, you read that right — there’s a small meltwater lake at the top of the world right now, as these photos from the North Pole Environmental Observatory show us. That’s an interesting thought isn’t it?

Image Credit: North Pole Environmental Observatory

Image Credit: North Pole Environmental Observatory

The images — and also the time-lapse video posted below — come from a webcam that set up at the North Pole by the North Pole Environmental Observatory back in the yer 2000. The webcam has documented meltwater lakes at the North Pole since the year 2002.

During the summer permanent daylight results in the warmest temperatures of the year for the region — with the warmest temperatures usually occurring in July. This year the temperatures in the area were about 1-3 degrees Celsius above average.

The shallow lake seen in the images is of course still sitting on top of a substantial ice sheet — though how much longer that ice sheet will remain intact during the summer months… That’s an open question. Once it does disappear completely during the summer months though, the region will no doubt see a vast uptick in the quantity of sea traffic moving through, as well as greatly increased exploitation of the considerable fossil fuel resources in the area, and perhaps increased human conflict as well. As has been noted by many prominent national security consultants and researchers in recent years — the Arctic may very well become the center of human activity over the next 100 or so years.

2012’s minimum summer sea ice extent was the lowest on record, and 2013’s maximum winter ice coverage was the 6th-lowest since satellite observations began during the 1970s.

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  • DillWeed7

    I seen reports that the magnetic north pole is moving rapidly toward Siberia. Are we talking about the same here.

  • Adam

    I love this website and what it stands for, however this article is inaccurate. The webcam in question was not “set up at the North Pole… back in the year 2000”, it is placed there every spring as the ice is constantly moving. And since it is always moving, the webcam is now at 85 degrees north latitude (south of the North Pole), where these events are more common.

    However, since last year saw the lowest recorded levels of sea ice cover in the Arctic, it probably won’t be long before we do see something like this at the actual North Pole.

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