Researchers release shocking new images of a lake that has formed at the once-frozen North Pole.
If the picture above doesn’t shock you about the effects of global warming, you must have ice water in your nerves. That’s the Melting of North Pole formed a Lake at the top of the globe. — or at least that’s where the camera started its mission. It’s now a pond. (*Since this article first reported, we’ve seen that the camera that had the picture above appeared at the North Pole, but since it’s on an ice floe, it moved. So, this picture was from 363 miles south of the North Pole.)
The photograph is part of a time-lapse recently dropped by the North Pole Environmental Observatory, a research group supported by the National Science Foundation that has been surveying the state of Arctic sea ice since 2000. The shallow lake began forming on July 13 after a notably warm month, which had temperatures rise 1 3 degrees Celsius over the average, reports The Atlantic.
The North Pole has not vanished away; there is still a layer of ice between the pond and the Arctic Ocean underneath. But that layer is slimming, and the freshly formed lake extends to deepen. It’s a powerful sign that climate change is legitimate and that the Arctic is being thoroughly transformed. In fact, the lake — we might as well call it Lake North Pole — is now an annual incidence. A pool of meltwater has formed at the North Pole every year since 2002. The mythical home of Santa Claus has turned into a lake.
Arctic ice has been shrinking dramatically in recent years, opening up the famous Northwest Section, which can now be navigated in the summer months. While that points a blessing for shipping traffic and oil and gas analysis, it’s sad news for the environment. Animals that rely on sea ice, such as the polar bear with a diminishing territory. The ice cover is still essential for controlling the global climate. It influences ocean streams, isolates the air, and acts as a giant reflector for the sunlight that reaches the Earth. As the cap disappears, it projects global warming to speed up.
Why the North Pole Lake Vanished?
Like a leader whose peccadillos point to “people live,” the North Pole lake leaves had its name of Internet notoriety. The lovely blue meltwater lake that formed on the Arctic ice melted on Monday (July 29), flowing through a break down in the handling ice floe.
Now, instead of 2 feet (0.6 meters) of freshwater slopping against a golden-yellow beacon, a small webcam shows only ice and fogs.
Even though the North Pole lake’s 15 minutes of glory attracted global awareness on global warming’s effects on Arctic sea ice, the vanishing is part of a yearlong summer melt, conforming to scientists who run the North Pole Environmental Observatory. “The creation of these pools and their disappearance is part of an ordinary rhythm,” reported Axel Schweiger, head of the Applied Physics Laboratory’s Polar Science Center at the University of Washington, which helps run the observatory.
Melting of North Pole formed a Lake at the top of the globe, about the size of an Olympic swimming pool started forming in mid-July, LiveScience first reported on July 23. The size and timing of the lake are typical for this time of year and location, the researchers said.
However, scientists at the observatory and elsewhere are studying the Arctic’s meltwater ponds to understand how global warming is changing their total extent.
“It’s important to recognize that these ponds may be linked to global warming, but the questions are more: How many and how deep they are, and when they appear and when they drain,” Schweiger told LiveScience.
For instance, warmer temperatures in the Arctic already cause surface melting to start earlier on the ice, so the ponds are forming sooner than they used to, Schweiger said. But other factors play a role, such as snow cover and ice thickness. “It’s a very open research question,” he said.
The observatory has tracked yearly ice changes in the Arctic since 2000. Every spring, scientists fly to the North Pole and anchor buoys with remote webcams into ice floes.