Melting sea ice opening new routes to Asia

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    The decline in the amount of ice floating on the Arctic Ocean is clearing the way for new shipping routes to Asia. Traffic was already brisk this summer. New ships are being designed to cope with icebergs during the voyage.

    They were expecting pack ice, icebergs and storms. As a precautionary measure, a Russian icebreaker had been dispatched to protect the freighter MV Nordic Barents from the ravages of the Arctic Ocean.

    In the end, though, only a few broken up ice floes drifted by on two occasions. "The nuclear icebreaker was more for decoration than anything else," says Felix Tschudi from the shipping company that chartered the freighter loaded with iron ore concentrate. This week, after traveling 5,700 km (3,500 miles) through the Polar Sea, the ship will arrive in the Chinese port of Lianyungang -- "and we didn't have to stop once," says Tschudi with satisfaction.

    With a mixture of hope and suspicion, shipping companies, politicians and environmentalists have observed how far the sea ice has withdrawn towards the North Pole this year. Will the shrinking polar ice cap soon turn global shipping routes on their head?

    Boon to Global Shipping: Melting of Arctic Ice Opening up New Routes to Asia - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
     
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    What is "right amount" of ice in the Arctic?
     
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    Disney is already planning an amusement park/resort at the north pole. Their cruise ships will haul the passengers up to the floating resort.
     
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    What happens when the seas rise?
     
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    The right amount of ice I'd say is very little when you consider the last billion years. Only 300-350 and 30-0 million years ago had real ice caps. Most of the rest of the period the earth was much warmer and not within a ice age. So when finding out what is the Right amount of ice when your looking at the history of earth that is what you look at. Right?
     
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    Wrong.
     
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    Where is that happening?
     
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    90% of floating ice is already under water. If they melt, the volume of the seas is affected very little.
     
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    Yeah and midwest USA was a gigantic inland sea.
    Most of FL was underwater, etc.
     
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    So you judge "normal" for ice on earth to just the ice age we've been in the last 15 million years? Normal for ice on earth would be more of a avg of ice on this planet over its history. The last two million years is only second to the ice sheet earth period of 350 million years ago...Can't really call this a normal for our planet? It is a unnormal cold period when you avg everything out. It would fall well below normal.
     
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