Too Much Ice … Ha Ha Ha!

A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.

The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”

There has been one small hiccup thus-far though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage the team said didn’t exist in summer months, according to Real Climate Science.

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Sea Ice Extent (Global Antarctic and Arctic) – Day 199 – 2016

Arctic has shown a bit of an uptick in last 5 days or so … going from 2nd lowest for the date to 5th lowest.

2011, 2012, 2007 and 2013 were lower for day 199.

Arctic Sea Ice Extent for Day 199 From 2010 Global_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_199_1981-2010 Antarctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_199_1981-2010 Arctic_Sea_Ice_Extent_Zoomed_2016_Day_199_1981-2010

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