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Kevin McKinney

Cool--if you'd like a "theme song" for this post, you couldn't do better than "Northwest Passage," by Stan Rogers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz6vU1iSA0k

This version has the most relevant video, but CBC edited out the last three verses so those who enjoy the music should also check out more complete versions, such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI&NR=1

Lord Soth

Its the middle of June, and the Canadian North West Passage has been reduced to an ice bridge (one that is developing cracks at that). McClure and Franklin must be rolling in their grave's.

If this is June, I can't imagine August, at this rate.

Patrick Lockerby

A message from the 'now why didn't I think of it first' department: I like the June 2009 - June 2010 comparison. It's something the pseudo-skeptics need to explain. Ah yes!

The ice this year is absolutely perfect due to 10 years of global cooling. And as any schoolkid knows, perfect ice is perfectly transparent, which is why you can't see it.

Is that explanation transparent enough?

Neven
A message from the 'now why didn't I think of it first' department: I like the June 2009 - June 2010 comparison. It's something the pseudo-skeptics need to explain. Ah yes!

This is just a small and insignificant part of the Arctic (the Northwest passage was open many times in the past, many peoples used it to discover and conquer America). The Arctic Basin is chock full of 3-5 meter ice. You will soon realize this as the melting comes to a full stop. It's all natural variation. Prove it didn't happen before.

:-p

Patrick Lockerby

It's all natural variation.

But of course!

The entire world was totally ice free when Amundsen breezed through the Arctic in three days in his Rotor ship Gjoa. It's true! I heard it from a man who knew Mrs. Thatcher's gardener.

( I need a little light relief now and then to keep my sanity. )

Neven
I need a little light relief now and then to keep my sanity.

We are happy to serve, sir. :-)

Perry Van Dijk

FYI Last year two German ships with commercial cargo took the Northern Sea route (http://www.beluga-group.com/en/press/press-review/#Press-Archive-Archive). Don't be surprised if this year they'll do it again.

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