Bring A Jet Ski: The North Pole Is Melting, Now A Lake

July 26, 2013


Because Santa has been looking for an excuse to buy a boat, the North Pole is melting and now a shallow lake sitting atop a sheet of ice. No word if it's deep enough to drown a naughty elf in, but I bet I could do it. *holding underwater* MY BIKE'S WHEEL CAME OFF, YOU LITTLE SHIT.

July is usually the warmest month in the area, but temperatures were 1 to 3 degrees Celsius above average this year. The shallow lake you see at the pole is made of meltwater sitting on top of a layer of ice, according to the observatory.

Arctic sea ice has become a noticeable victim of climate change. The area of ice cover expands and contracts every year with the change in seasons, but last summer's minimum extent was the lowest on record and this year's maximum winter coverage was the sixth-lowest since satellite observations began in the 1970s.

Climate change: is it real? I don't know, but in sixty years from now when we check out the North Pole cam and see palm trees and a guy selling drinks out of coconuts, I think we'll all have to agree -- MAYBE.

Hit the jump for a time-lapse video.

Thanks to SharaSue and Rhubarb, who have already bought time-shares.

  • jimmy

    Maybe it's the sensor array that is melting the ice...

  • Matty Spinny

    I'd be concerned if I didn't know this was happening. Let me know when the depth and diameter of the pool changes

  • Matthew Mack

    Woah..wait a minute.. Snow melts in July? GIVE YOUR MONEY TO AL GORE IMMEDIATELY! This has never happened in the history of the world!

  • Chase Leamy

    this isn't even at the north pole anymore, the sensor array has drifted over the years, http://www.climatecentral.o...

  • Rob in Katy

    The last time it warmed up there were lifeforms and plant life almost everywhere - the last time it really cooled down, everything died...go global warming!

  • Billy___Bob

    Temperatures have actually been below normal.

    Green line normal, red line = 2013 in the arctic.

  • catallergy

    Did you look at the graph in the link you posted? For most of the year temperatures have been above average.

  • Billy___Bob

    And by the way, the Antarctic has set daily records 4 out of the last 5 days for most sea ice extent ever on those days.

  • Billy___Bob

    They have been below average for 77 days.

    And while they were above average for a while, that was when the temperatures were 10C below freezing (the blue line).

    Not much melting occurs when the air temperature is -10C.


    Not so unusual, here are some pics from the 50s and 60s showing clear water at the North Pole

  • Joel Lamm

    WOW.... That time lapse was awesome...

  • JJtoob

    A little bit different from the usual time lapse videos because this is just bits of video sped up and chopped up instead of a steady stream of images. Only thing about this is that the events might have happened backwards and you would not be able to tell because of the gaps between sped up clips. With a steady time lapse, at least in this case, you couldn't reverse it and have it look normal because there were times where you see water drops sliding down on the camera lense.

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