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Small Lake Forms at North Pole

The lake as it appears on the North Pole on July 26, 2013.
The lake as it appears on the North Pole on July 26, 2013.

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Web cameras operated by the North Pole Environmental Observatory have captured some stunning images from the top of the world.

Photos taken in July show a small lake of liquid water has formed. The observatory says, however, that there is still ice below the lake, which was formed from melting ice.

While July is normally the warmest month in the Arctic, this year’s temperatures have been 1 to 3 degrees Celsius above normal.

The polar ice cap shrinks and expands every year, but has trended smaller since satellites started monitoring its size in the 1970s.

The North Pole Environmental Observatory has monitored the state of Arctic sea ice since 2000.

Slide your mouse across the image below to see the North Pole in April and today.

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by: Cranksy from: USA
July 27, 2013 1:45 PM
This article could mislead perhaps someone to conclude that this is the first year liquid water appeared at the North Pole. Is it?

by: riano baggy from: indonesia
July 27, 2013 6:41 AM
we can wait someday maybe next century or only hundred years the iceberg of the north pole has disappear we o0nly found a big sea, we must to cloning the animal like polar bear and the others or restore their sperm for next. but we don,t like that.

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