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.