Today marks a special day on the expedition as our Teacher at Sea, Émilie Hérbert-Houle, reaches the North Pole! And it’s not looking like the North Pole of the story books!
The chief scientist on board with Émilie, Mary-Lynn Dickson, sent along the following message:
” Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. ST-Laurent and the Swedish Icebreaker Oden arrived at the North Pole this morning, August 21, 2016, at 1050 hours GMT (0650 hours ET). We found large areas of open water at the Pole, not present in 2015. Later today we hope to get off the ship to celebrate Canada’s fourth visit to 90 degrees North.”
What does this mean for climate change and the health of the Arctic? Let’s stay tuned to hear more from the scientists on board.
In the mean time, check out this link from the Arctic News, for more information about ice thickness and water at the North Pole which has been happening in the summers in recent years. http://arctic-news.blogspot.ca/2013/06/open-water-in-areas-around-north-pole.html