Video: Sea Ice Coverage from 1978 to 2008

Description: This video shows the changes in Arctic sea ice coverage from 1978 to 2008. It was developed by Ignatius G. Rigor at the University of Washington, Seattle Applied Physics Lab.

The pulses depict the annual expansion and contraction of the sea ice from winter to summer. Pay attention to how much ice coverage there is in 1978 compared with the video's end in 2008. The red dots represent the buoys that measure the ice.

Looks like multi-year-ice plugs Fram Strait very well.

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Arctic Oil Rush continued...

Just a few days ago the Arctic Council met in Nuuk, Greenland. What appeared as an innocent ‘talk-shop’ may have pulled the trigger. The presence of Hillary Clinton and Ken Salazar made clear the US have an eye on the Arctic resources.

An important outcome of the Council was the agreement on SAR missions between the relevant countries, United States, Russia, Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Now investments in an area of 13 million square miles of ocean around North Pole are less risky and therefore less expensive.

USGS estimated some 90 billion barrels of ...

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Shell's new Drilling Plan

Shell Offshore Inc. submitted a revised Exploration Plan last week. The company plans to double its efforts off Alaska's Arctic shore over the next two years. AP cites Shell Alaska spokesman Curtis Smith saying the company will seek permission to drill four wells in the Beaufort Sea and six in the Chukchi Sea using two drilling ships.

The ArcticSounder published a comment by Earl Natchiq Kingik asking Shell to proof their ability to clean up a spill in the Arctic's extreme and challenging conditions.

Opinion: Before Arctic drilling, Shell must prove they can clean spill ...

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The Heat is on XKCD

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Picture Test

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a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

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Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source.

Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC ...

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