The following image shows the staggering cracks in the ice, that appeared across the Arctic. Large enough for ships to sail through.
The near-record summer ice melt in the region has seen shipping channels of the Northwest Passage carved open. And scientific climate predictions have suggested that the Arctic could lose almost all of its summer ice cover by 2100 - forcing polar bears to swim more than they walk. On September 9 the ice covering reached its lowest point this year with 1.67million square miles of snow and ice - down by 110,000sq miles on the average for September. Joey Comiso, senior scientist at Nasa, said the continued thawing fits into the large-scale decline that scientists have watched unfold over the past three decades.
He said: ‘The sea ice is not only declining, the pace of the decline is becoming more drastic. ‘The older, thicker ice is declining faster than the rest, making for a more vulnerable perennial ice cover.’ Scientist Walt Meier explained: ‘Atmospheric and oceanic conditions were not as conducive to ice loss this year, but the melt still neared 2007 levels, which were the worst on record. ‘This probably reflects loss of multi-year ice in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas as well as other factors that are making the ice more vulnerable.’ The Northwest Passage connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and snakes through dozens of islands on the far north coast of North America known as the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. - Daily Mail.