Thursday, August 2, 2012

North West Passage

Hard to argue about global warming with evidence like this.

" The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America via waterways amidst theCanadian Arctic Archipelago, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.[1][2] The various islands of the archipelago are separated from one another and the Canadian mainland by a series of Arctic waterways collectively known as the Northwest Passages or Northwestern Passages.[3]
Sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route, it was first navigated by Roald Amundsen in 1903–1906. Until 2009, the Arctic pack ice prevented regular marine shipping throughout most of the year, but climate change has reduced the pack ice, and thisArctic shrinkage made the waterways more navigable.[4][5][6][7] However, the contested sovereignty claims over the waters may complicate future shipping through the region: The Canadian government considers the Northwestern Passages part of Canadian Internal Waters,[8] but the United States and various European countries maintain they are an international strait or transit passage, allowing free and unencumbered passage."

I know of two expeditions attempting this adventure this year and I am sure there will be many more.  this from Sail World

" Through the 1990s and early 2000s, only a handful of yachters attempted the voyage. But in 2009, it took off. In 2011, 16 yachts successfully made their way into Northwest Passage, many of them doing the transit in a single season. 2011 was the easiest ever, with the ice having reached a record low, even lower than the previous record low levels in 2007."

Must say looks like fun.

It will be interesting to here from the from the expedition that I have a contact on.


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