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"North Pole" Webcam: 30 Days from Ice to Lake

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Published on Jul 27, 2013

There was quite a bit of hype bouncing around the Instanet on a "lake" at the North Pole. This video tries to clarify what's up. Ponds of meltwater form routinely on Arctic Ocean sea ice in the summer. The sea ice is floating on the Arctic Ocean and in constant motion. The webcam that took these images was placed on the ice a few dozen miles from the North Pole in early spring, but has since drifted hundreds of miles.
The North Pole Environmental Observatory Web site:
http://psc.apl.washington.edu/northpo...

I went on the 2003 expedition to set up the same batch of instruments in 2003 and wrote an award-winning book about the project and the once and future North Pole:
http://us.macmillan.com/newyorktimest...

Andrew Freedman's Climate Central post is helpful as well:
The Lake at the North Pole, How Bad Is It?
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/me...

More on my blog on Arctic climate change and sea ice: http://j.mp/dotPole

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