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    floating condo anyone? the end is near.
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    Yeah I don't think so. A professor at Alabama I believe said he would take odds on that happening and retire rich when it did not. He says that the north pole is roughly 10 million square kilometers larger right now than it was this time last year and is still growing.

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    Odds happening when? I'd like a little of that action.

    And at the moment it's not growing...... it never "grows" this time of the year up north. It's summer. Even during the cold years the ice retreats away from the land quite a bit letting towns like Barrow Alaska see the water instead of ice. You must have misheard what he was saying. Maybe you are confusing the north with the south?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGLY View Post
    Yeah I don't think so. A professor at Alabama I believe said he would take odds on that happening and retire rich when it did not. He says that the north pole is roughly 10 million square kilometers larger right now than it was this time last year and is still growing.

    Can I see a source for this?

    Now the arctic ice field does extend and contract with the seasons, as does the antarctic. The issue at hand here is the loss of perenial ice, as opposed to seasonal ice. It is possible for the seasonal ice to fluctuate dramatically from year to year, based on ocean currents and fluctuations in air currents. However, the perenial ice (the stuff that's often 10meters + thick and doesn't melt in the summer) has seen a dramatic level of loss based on satelite image comparisons over the last 20 years. It is this lack of thick perenial ice that is making it possible for the arctic to be ice free enough to navigate by ship in the next decade.

    Incidentally, the loss of the perenial ice is what has been most devastating to polar bear populations. The seasonal ice (being much thinner) melts much earlier and more rapidly causing bears to have to swim much greater distances to find food and solid ice or land.

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