That’s cool—I wasn’t into the ice anyway.

Like this: But bigger, colder, and almost certainly further north.
Like this: But bigger, colder, and almost certainly further north.Courtesy lildude
Put on your party belts and wow-socks: some scientists think that this summer will be the first time in recorded history that there’s no ice over the North Pole! Yowza!

Plans as to just what to do with the newly open water are being hotly debated: Russia was quick to suggest waterslides, but there’s some thought that all the crying polar bears would be a major downer, and no one would really want to use the slides. Also, the Arctic Ocean remains fairly chilly.

The entire polar icecap, it should be said, is not expected to melt—just the area above the North Pole itself, a region covered in ice for the length of human memory.

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Thor's picture
Thor says:

Polar bears might actually be pro-water slide as that would help concentrate their food scavaging process....sort of like home delivery for pizzas!!

posted on Tue, 07/01/2008 - 2:14pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice is at an all-time high.

posted on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 11:13am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

You can watch a movie of the ice in the Arctic and Antarctic growing and shrinking over the course of a year right here.

posted on Thu, 07/03/2008 - 11:52am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

And ice is increasing in other parts of the Arctic.

posted on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 4:48pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

Looks like the ice at the North Pole won't be melting after all.

posted on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 9:03am
Gene's picture
Gene says:

It looks like Arctic ice continues to do better than expected.

posted on Fri, 10/23/2009 - 5:30pm

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