Scientist battle Arctic winter to measure melting ice cap

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    CNN) -- It could be the ultimate test of human endurance: Three British explorers are risking their lives in subzero temperatures to measure the melting Arctic ice cap.

    The team is on a three-month, 621-mile (1,000-kilometer) hike to their final destination at the North Pole. Along the way, taking precise measurements to determine exactly how fast the ice cap is disappearing.

    "It's extremely difficult to live out here. It's very, very easy to get cold injuries in seconds," said Martin Hartley, team photographer and filmmaker, via satellite phone.

    The team has been braving temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit/Celsius spending their nights sleeping in tents and their days trudging across the shifting, barren polar expanse.

    "The other day, we had to move the tent first thing in the morning because where we were camped, the sheet of ice was breaking up into dozens of pieces because of a tidal swell or wind in the ocean," Hartley said.

    The unique expedition was prompted by this chilling prospect: The Arctic ice cap is melting at an unprecedented rate, which may lead to a dramatic shift in average global temperatures.

    "In 2007, sea ice loss was the worst in recorded history," said oceanographer Kate Moran, professor of oceanography and ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island.

    The last time that scientists can say confidently that the Arctic was free of summertime ice was 125,000 years ago, according to the Web site of the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

    All that could vanish within our lifetime, warn climate scientists, who predict that the Arctic sea ice in the summer season could be gone between 2013 and 2040.

    Battling the daily grind of the brutal Arctic terrain, explorers Pen Hadow, 46; Ann Daniels, 44; and Hartley, 40, are in the second week of their 100-day journey to the top of the world.

    Team battles Arctic winter to measure melting ice caps - CNN.com
     
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    LOL.

    Battling -40 temps to check out if glaciers are melting.

    Classic...
     
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    Last week I saw the news-graph of the falling percentages of those who believe in "Global Warming."

    I'm looking forward to the graph of the confluence of Global Warming Believers, Democrats, and those who believe that Elvis is still alive.
     
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    So you are scientifically illeliterate and quite proud of it. What else is new?
     
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    - 40 at night with no Sun.. above 32 F during the day when the Sun shines.. = melting glaciers..
     
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    So you are a gullible goof who can't spell "illiterate"?

    Here's an old saying that you should pay special attention to: Better to let people think you’re a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
     
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    ANTARCTIC WEATHER
    "A blinding, shrieking blizzard all day, with the temperature ranging from -60 to -70°F." - Shackleton (1909)


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    Coldest Temp:
    -129°F (-89°C) on July 21, 1983
    Location: Vostok Station
    Warmest Temp:
    +59°F (+15°C) on Jan 5, 1974
    Location: Vanda Station
    Mean Temps:
    Winter: -40 to -94°F (-40 to -70°C)
    Summer: -5 to -31°F (-15 to -35°C)
    Weather in Antarctica - Antarctic Connection

    " Note that from 1935-1945, arctic temperatures were much higher than today, and dropped from that peak until about 1960. This is why all of the scare stories on the arctic including last year's much heralded "Arctic Climate Impact Assessment" (ACIA) start their temperature records in 1960 -- it makes the current situation look catastrophic. Yes, things have gotten warmer since 1960 ... but what the fearful scientists somehow forget to tell you is that temperatures were even warmer before that."
    Reality in Arctic temperature trends
     
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