Ice Melt at the North Pole Forms a Lake
North Pole Environmental Observatory has released a photograph, showing the effects of global warming at the North Pole. The observatory is a research group funded by the National Science Foundation.
It has been keeping a watch on the State of Arctic Sea since 2000. According to reports of The Atlantic, the shallow lake began to form at the North Pole on July 13 because of temperatures rise of 1-3 degrees Celsius over the average.
A layer of ice is still present between the lake and the Arctic Ocean underneath to ensure that the North Pole is not completely melted away. But the layer is continuously thinning. The newly formed lake is expected to deepen further. This signals that temperatures are rising more than average and climate change is real.
The Lake North Pole is now an annual occurrence. Since 2002, a pool of melt water has been known to have formed every year.
Arctic ice has been depleting continuously in recent years. While it opens up the fabled Northwest Passage, it also brings bad news for the environment. The passage will open doors for shipping traffic and oil and gas exploration, but the ice cap is essential for global climate.
Species like polar bear will also be left with a shrinking habitat because of ice melting.