The Catlin Arctic Survey

By May 13, 2009 February 26th, 2013 Arctic

"Our science advisors had told us to expect thicker, older ice on at least part of the route, so it is something of a mystery where that older ice has gone. It’ll be interesting to see what scientists think about this."

A woman and two men pulling sledges nearly 300 miles across the Arctic sea ice in the dead of winter; temperatures between 0 and -50F, 1,500 sea ice thickness measurements. A short trip by polar standards, unless the sea ice thickness measurements are taken into consideration.  Although I have hiked around a bit in the snow – gee whiz. What a great trip. But the sea ice thickness measurements are disconcerting.

They found first-year sea ice on almost their entire  route. the scientists had told them they would see multi-year ice on at least part of their route.

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