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    North Pole Could Be Ice-Free This Summer

    Arctic sea ice could break apart completely at the North Pole this year, allowing ships to sail over the normally frozen top of the world.

    The potential landmark thaw — the first time in human history the pole would be ice-free — is a stark sign of global warming, according to an article Friday on the web site of the The Independent, a London newspaper.

    "Symbolically it is hugely important," said Mark Serreze of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado. "There is supposed to be ice at the North Pole, not open water."

    Last year, the fabled Northwest Passage opened as Arctic ice retreated more than ever before.

    There is no land at the North Pole, but as long as anyone has looked, it has remained a giant block of ice year-round. Scientists have been watching Arctic sea ice melt more and more each year. But each summer in recent years, the amount of ice has gotten thinner and thinner. Each winter's freeze, therefore, results in a thinner pack that, this summer, could melt altogether.

    "The issue is that, for the first time that I am aware of, the North Pole is covered with extensive first-year ice," Serreze is quoted by The Independent. "I'd say it's even-odds whether the North Pole melts out."

    More in the source-article:
    http://www.livescience.com/environme...orth-pole.html

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    Please tell me you don't really believe this?

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    Effects of an Ice-Free North Pole

    If this should come to pass, expect record snowfalls next winter. An open water surface in the Arctic Ocean would provide a source of water vapour for heavy precipitation in the high northern latitudes where it is now dry.

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    Hmm I wonder if this was open during the medieval warm period, and the vikings were able to sail through, and the evidence has since disappeared? This may be the source of the 'northwest passage' legend. Perhaps even in an older time, there was a warm period around 5000-3000 BC, during time there are some mythologically based claims of a global seafaring culture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorm the Old View Post
    If this should come to pass, expect record snowfalls next winter. An open water surface in the Arctic Ocean would provide a source of water vapour for heavy precipitation in the high northern latitudes where it is now dry.
    There is another theory. As a consequence of the melting a large amount of fresh water will be added to the world's oceans that might disturb the North-Atlantic current which is based on a delicate and stable balance of fresh and salt-water exchange. If this balance is heavily disturbed the North Atlantic current might shut down, which would result in devastating meteorological effects, like radical cooling in the entire Northern Hemisphere.
    However scientists consider these events only on a theoretical level.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutdow...ne_circulation

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    Honestly: I´d love to see the Gulf Stream going down. If Europe would get colder then - maybe - most of these warm-loving immigrants from islamic and Southern countries would leave? Because only adapted people can cope with colder climate and we native Europeans are well adapted to colder climatical circumstances - at least far better than arabs or even negros with their darker skin and body structure.

    If our politicians won´t help us...then, at least, nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    Honestly: I´d love to see the Gulf Stream going down. If Europe would get colder then - maybe - most of these warm-loving immigrants from islamic and Southern countries would leave? Because only adapted people can cope with colder climate and we native Europeans are well adapted to colder climatical circumstances - at least far better than arabs or even negros with their darker skin and body structure.

    If our politicians won´t help us...then, at least, nature.
    You're probabbly right.

    Unless the cooldown will be devastating even for us Europeans..

    The problem is that no precise forecast can be made about the effects of these events. From a slight temperature drop to a next Ice Age anything might happen if the balance in the ocean's thermohaline circulation changes radically.
    What I'm trying to say is that the whole system of meteorological balance now dances on the edge of the knife as an effect of global warming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prodeutsch View Post
    Please tell me you don't really believe this?
    I'm not sure what to believe, because I'm not an expert on climateric themes. That's why I was posting it, for opinions about it from users who know more about it.

    So what is your view about it? It would be interesting to elaborate.

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    Siebenbürgerin,

    Ill have to elaborate more about this next week. I am currently in a log cabin on vacation. I haven't followed European climate lately, but in America there are many places that have had record breaking cold and snow fall.

    I guess I am a sceptic because I believe that this is just another way to control me! As a Germanic warrior that won't work, I am like a wild mustang, freedom loving, powerful, and never tamed!

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